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Tunnel Painting Tricks Unaware Driver

Friday, March 25, 2016

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It’s the oldest trick in the book … at least in Saturday morning cartoons.

In the old Looney Tunes series, Wile E. Coyote was known to quickly paint a tunnel on the face of a mountain to trick and trap Road Runner. While Road Runner always managed to make the tunnel work as a tunnel should, the coyote was always stopped short.

One Fiat driver learned the hard way that he is no Road Runner, automotive news site Jalopnik reported.

A ‘Realistic’ Mural?

While there is not a lot of detail on the event, reports indicate Brazilian street artists had painted the tunnel mural on the flat wall of a building.

tunnel mural

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Even with Road Runner painted into the scene, the driver of the red Fiat seems to have found the rendering quite realistic. After he or she attempted to drive through the “tunnel,” the front end of the car shows the end results.

The incident showed up on image-sharing site imgur in December, which is when the story first gained traction. The photo series depicts the trompe l'oeil tunnel with a car parked next to it, the damaged front end of a car, and a crew painting over the trickster tunnel.

A Real Story?

And while many questioned how something so cartoony could happen in real life, sports, news and entertainment site Fansided paid attention to the comments. There it found sharp-eyed commenters who pointed out that the images actually show two different Fiat models—a Fiat Uno in the first and a Fiat Strada in the second.

Viewers also explained that if the accident had really happened as depicted, the car should have shown damage across the whole bumper and not just to the side, the site added.

Additionally, there doesn’t appear to be any damage to the mural itself, and based on the body damage pictured, the car couldn’t have been going very fast news site Inquisitr pointed out.

So, just like in the cartoons, at least, it seems no one was likely injured in such a classic fake-tunnel scene.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Coating Application; Decorative painting; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; Murals; North America; Paint application; Trompe l'oeil; Tunnel

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