You might have seen Uncapped Chaos around town.
A 1988 Chrysler LeBaron, reptilian and mottled with thousands of items. Bottle caps, rocks, coins, BIC Lighters, computer guts, dinosaur toys and tiny ABSOLUT Vodka bottles. The uppermost layer of visible paint is various hues of blue battling for dominance.
“You can always add more,” says this monster's keeper, local freelance artist Peter A. Lochren, 43. “More stuff gets added as things get deteriorated in the winter and stolen. Come spring and summer, you've got to do a little refurbishing.”
The car -- which was donated to him years back by another local artist -- is Lochren's way of bringing a little art to Omaha's roads. He's part of a collection of creatives who turn old, haggard vehicles into mobile exhibitions. He's been making art cars since he was in high school.
Lochren's cars are far from the strangest stuff out there. At this summer's Central Art Car Exhibit in Benson, an event Lochren helps run, some vehicles had the tang of nightmare. Take the Kansas car ChewBaru, The Mobile Masticator, which is covered in discarded dentures.
But beneath their weird skin, these cars are still cars.
Uncapped Chaos has 193,000 miles on it and requires much more maintenance than the re-gluing of Jabba the Hutt action figures to the hood.
Lochren and his girlfriend, Christine Walker, use it as their primary transportation. Running errands. Getting groceries. Whatever.
People stare. Confused, amused, camera-ready. It adds a welcome bit of crazy to their day.
“As long as I've been driving it around town,” says Lochren, “someone comments on it everyday, takes photos of it, says they've never seen anything like it.”