Vermont-based sculptor and hardscape designer Chris Miller has been inspired by relics of the past. And this motivated him to create a permanent installation that can also inspire other people. The project called The Stone Truck Project aims to create a full scale sculptural replica of a vintage stepside pickup truck built entirely of rocks.
Every little town in Vermont usually has a rusty old farm truck has been there for years. If you drive in the rural Northeast, you’re likely to see abandoned vehicles left to rest and rot away. Most of which have been claimed by nature so are overgrown with weeds. Miller decided to breathe new life into one of the corroding trucks by turning it into a stunning sculptural piece.
Stone Sculptor Chris Miller Built A Sculptural Replica of a Vintage Truck Using Rocks
It is the work of a college art class at Cornell from 1976, that gave Miller his inspiration for the project. The students built a replica of a Volkswagen beetle made out of stones and placed it at the edge of a field. Miller also believed that art should be found anywhere. So, when he found an abandoned vintage truck in the rural setting of his small village in central Vermont, it reminded him of the incredible work of the Cornell students.
The Stone Truck Project started out as a Kickstarter campaign back in 2012. After raising sufficient funds, Miller spent around 5 weeks to creating the full scale replica of the 1950’s pickup truck. He built it using real car tyres and the rest is made out of quarry stones, bluestone, granite and there is a marble tailgate to.
The finished piece weighs about 40,000 pounds. Now the sculpture is complete, it now sits on a roadside in Maple Corner where people can easily spot it. Since 2012, the stone truck installation has attracted visitors from several states.