Folklore says the fuzzy dice you find in antique cars owe their start to the fighter pilots of WWII. Pilots would drape a pair of dice over their mirror or instruments in the cockpit for luck before flying on combat missions.
The dishevel of American society caused by war resulted in celebrating rebellious nature against the status quo. This social rebellion not only resulted in the modern-day biker stereotype, but also hot rods and fast cars finding a place in American culture.
Thus, it was only a matter of time before the little symbol of luck changed and came along for the ride. During the 50’s and 60’s fuzzy dice appeared as a symbol of rebellion and dangerous racing.
The fad, like most, did not last. By the late 80’s the dice began to take on a new meaning to the aging population of original hot rodders. It wasn’t a symbol of rebellion as much as a reminder of the past.
As the decades passed, the feeling of nostalgia only became stronger. A reminder of past times when fast cars driving with the windows down on winding roads on the way to the local drive thru was born.
I endeavored to tap into this feeling of nostalgia while creating this piece. The long black and white panel and steering column of this Ford Thunderbird embodies the past stretching in the distance. The bright red of the dice hanging on the mirrors dramatically rivals memories of past exploits and summer travels.
The bright red dice, shown in full sunlight, is slightly off-center. I used the color as a natural draw denoting the struggle we feel coping with the present and future. They become a vivid reminder that the future is bright, colorful, and inviting yet now quite here yet. It gives hope.