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The work is based on an Invacar, an iconic three-wheeled vehicle designed as a 'prosthetic' that was given to wheelchair users free of charge by the NHS, who maintained a fleet of these vehicles for disabled people. They were in commission from 1948 up until the 1980s, when the vehicle was condemned on health and safety grounds.

Tony Heaton is interested in transformation. He often uses iconic objects associated with disability, such as wheelchairs or charity collection cans, changing their meaning and appearance. The piece sees a 'Spazz Blue' Invacar transformed from 'lame' to Lamé, from blue into gold - mirroring Heaton's own life adjustments - and from 'prosthetic to sculpture.'

This piece was on public display at Liverpool Parish Church in 2019 as the first sculpture to occupy the outdoor Liverpool Plinth as part of Dot Art's new, annual sculpture competition.

Gold Lame - Tony Heaton

Title Gold Lamée
Artist Tony Heaton
Year 2014
Medium Fibreglass, steel, automotive paint
Dimensions 4 ft 6 in x 9 ft 9 in
Image description Photograph of an artwork installation. Hanging directly above the viewer, in an industrial looking setting, is a matte gold three-wheeled car with the number plate 'Lamé'. The headlights are lit and all of the windows are opaque, also covered with gold paint.
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