La Salsa Man Restoration Project
American Giants just got back from an awesome weekend in
Dodge City Kansas to cover the Dennis Hopper Muffler men
at the 3I event held at the new expo center. We were invited
to come out by the Carnegie Center for the Arts who have
recently received the Dennis Hopper Muffler Men from the
Dennis Hopper Art Trust in California. Travel is nothing new
for the Dennis Hopper M Men and they aren’t done yet! They
were cast in 2000 and since then at least one of them has
traveled the world. They were both cast from a muffler man in
LA named Tony who is one of the rare bow tie versions. They
were each made to resemble popular LA muffler men, the La
Salsa man made by Bob Wade in Malibu and the Mobile
muffler man that appeared in life magazine back in the day.
After being cast it is believed that the only time Mobile man
was publicly shown (other then this venue) was in June of
2010 just shortly after the death of Dennis Hopper. The La
Salsa Man however was no rookie to public display and was
first displayed in Amsterdam in 2001 and then Paris, Vienna,
Melbourne and even rumored to have been on display in St
Petersburg Russia at one point. You can tell one has
traveled more then the other, the La Salsa Man has it’s share
of scuffs and scratches while the Mobile Man is brand new
and in almost perfect condition.
Step by step photos of project
restoration being to end
Inga Ojala was hired to come to
Dodge City to do the restoration work
on this great price of art. She try to
keep the original look that Dennis
had done. A new plate Inga made to
done due to the
weather in Dodge
City. Now the
piece looks great.
Inga can be hired for other restoration work on other art pieces
: paintings , sculptures and more
This 21 foot sculpture of the Mobil Man was from the same mold
as the La Salsa Man.
It took me 10 days to complete the restoration process.
I painted the skin to more of a nature look.
|On display in Sublette, KS
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|Completed the plate and
Badly damaged. I had to use heavy pins to restore the
base. Heavy sanding and paint. Finished piece came