Singing with the fishes

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The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir is an art car project by Richard Carter, John Schroeter (Houston, TX), and some thirty volunteers. The car incorporates 250 singing Billy Bass animatronic fish and 250 mechanical lobsters, including a conductor that’s perched on a boom over the hood of the 1984 Volvo sedan the choir calls home.

After the car made an appearance in Lewes, DE yesterday, the Cape Gazette wrote:

Occasionally you witness firsthand an astounding display of American ingenuity. Such is the case with the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir art car that wowed dockside crowds in Lewes Wednesday afternoon. When you see such displays, you wonder: wouldn’t we do better in Afghanistan and Iraq if we rolled more of these down the streets of Kabul and Baghdad?

The project’s website has a lot of construction information, photos, and video clips of the car singing and twitching its goofy little heart out.

Sashimi Tabernacle Choir [Thanks, Judy Willard!]

2 thoughts on “Singing with the fishes

  1. Kirk Friggstad says:

    Am I the only one who was disappointed when the song ended where it did? I was waiting for all those lobsters and fish to start head-banging, “Wayne’s World”-style. Now *that* would be the finishing touch…

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