125 Maiden Lane New York, New York

October 21, 2011 – June 18, 2012

How to Turn Your Car Inside Out

by Dan Devine

  • Assemble your tools in an orderly fashion near your car.
  • Be sure to have a pile of clean rags at your disposal.
  • Start by removing the battery to inactivate all systems.
  • Remove all fluids.
  • Use your Saws-All with a fine toothed metal blade. There are other tools you can use in addition, such as an angle- grinder with cut—off blade, snips hammer and chisel, and a cutting torch, but you will find the Saws-All can perform almost all the procedures.
  • Now you just cut your car apart.
  • Some may want to first mark their intended cuts beforehand and others will stat right in, relying on intuition. I prefer the spontaneous approach. Look out for falling or sharp objects.
  • Now that you have cut your car into pieces, carefully lay them out in a large open space with room for walking between.
  • Take each individual piece and clean it. This producer must be done with great care so you will gain a fuller understanding of where the pieces came from and where you will put them upon re-assembly.
  • After you have cleaned all the parts you can start the long process of turning your car inside-out.
  • Remember the insides of objects are smaller than the outsides.
  • The re-assembly will require some cutting, bending, and welding. Use our own judgment in shaping your inside-out car.
  • You will need to make new upholstery and carpets.
  • A hint for operating your inside-out car: Bear in mind that every operation produces a reversed effect. You must turn left to go right, forward is backward.


Inside Out is curated by Elisabeth Akkerman and is sponsored by the Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings Program. TEI is committed to enriching the experience of our properties through the Art-in-Buildings Program, an innovative approach that brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience for art, and creating a more interesting environment for our building occupants, residents, and their guests.