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8 Strangely Creative Uses For A Shopping Cart

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Creative types are always on the lookout for new materials with which to experiment. For that reason alone then, it's no surprise that at least a few of the millions of shopping carts around the world have been victim to the advances of artists, mechanics and nutjobs over the years. here are just some of the results.

The Flaming Walking Shopping Cart


Back in 1993 a user over at GizmoGarden decided to build an automated homeless shopping trolley, the result of which can be seen in the quite frankly creepy video above. The reason behind building a remote controlled, flaming robotic shopping cart?

Robotics are often used in environments which are considered dangerous to humans. Deep sea exploration, nuclear cleanup and volcanism are some of the "higher profile" adverse environments which robots are used. My question was, "What about other dangerous or hazardous areas?". For example, homeless people live in extremely dangerous environments. Shouldn't there be automated equipment used by this strata of society? 

Read more about the project here.

The Shopping Cart Ring

American artist Robert Wechsler was responsible for 'Applied Geometry' in 2004, basically hundreds of shopping carts linked together to form an enormous ring, or as Mr. Wechsler describes it, 'A circle made by following the natural curve in a line of shopping carts'. Whichever way you word it, it looks great and probably caused a slight headache for the Costco employees whose task it was to clear up. 

The Stained Glass Shopping Cart

Of all the objects to be decorated with stained glass, the humble shopping cart must be one of the least expected, but then again we all spend a lot of time pushing these things around supermarkets so why not pimp one. Unfortunately this example, called 'Have and Have Not', won't be spotted in the aisles of any shops as it's an art piece by Crystal Schenk. The cart even sports a wooden handle and cushioned seating area for youngsters.

Shopping Cart Sculptures

In 2006, artist Ptolemy Elrington was commissioned by Anglian Water to create 10 wildlife sculptures made entirely from shopping carts which had been pulled from rivers in the local area, all in an effort to raise awareness of Rivercare, 'an exciting partnership project running in the Anglian Water region that aims to tackle local environmental quality and related anti-social behaviour issues around our waterways'. The incredible sculptures can be seen above, the quality of which resulted in the campaign being a resounding success. 

The V8 Powered Shopping Cart

Little is known about the monster in the photo above, other than the fact that the oversized trolley is home to a Mopar V8 engine. The completely impractical vehicle was unveiled at the California Hot Rod Reunion in 2007. 

The Shopping Cart/Bicycle Hybrid

The Cartrider is an invention from Korean designer Jaebeom Jeong which combines a shopping cart with a bicycle, resulting in a rideable goods carrier which is supposed to make shopping a less punishing task. The problem faced is a distinct lack of storage space once you're actually seated in the vehicle, instantly cancelling the Cartrider's selling point. Still, at least you're left with a unique bike.

Shopping Cart Chairs

Reestore are a company who 'take everyday waste objects and cheekily turn them into charming yet functional pieces of furniture and accessories' and their converted shopping cart chairs are a perfect example of the quality of their work. The chairs are part of a product line by the name of Annie and although they look pretty good they aren't as reasonably priced as you'd imagine. One shopping cart chair will set you back a whopping £550.  

The Jet Cart

35 year old Andy Tyler is clearly mental. He decided to attach a jet engine to a shopping cart whilst following instructions he found on the internet in 2004 and as of yet hasn't managed to kill himself. The engine gets so hot that he needs a heat shield behind his back and the vehicle runs out of fuel after 2 minutes of action. No word on whether he's attempted to do his weekly shop in it.

Read more here.