Cast in Chrome: The Art Of Hood Ornaments

Date(s) - 04/24/2021 - 10/31/2021
12:00 am

Frick Pittsburgh


This exhibition explores the relationship between car makes and hood ornament designs.

Over the history of motoring, hood ornaments evolved from the practical (externally mounted radiator caps) to the purely decorative.   What began as a means to monitor radiator temperature became a way of displaying status and personalizing vehicles. The popularity of these adornments was not lost on manufacturers, who saw an opportunity for branding, creating factory hood ornaments associated with specific makes and models.

Today only a few luxury brands continue the tradition.

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