DIY Polish Tractor Culture

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Fortunately this tractor doesn’t run on smiles.

For independent farmers in Poland in the 1960s, it was nearly impossible to acquire a tractor. Any agricultural machines made in Poland during this period went to state-owned farms, and were too expensive for a private farmer to purchase.  Plus, they weren’t tough enough for mountain farms. 

So enterprising farmers built their own tractors, using decommissioned army vehicles, pre-WWII German machines, and anything else they could find.

Photographer Lukasz Skapski traveled throughout the Polish countryside to document these homemade tractors, and found vehicles that could climb very steep roads, go faster than allowed, and were still trucking after 40 years.

(more tractor pics after jump)

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Winner: Complex at the Center of the Universe – Staszek Marek, Poland

Winner: Complex at the Center of the Universe - Staszek Marek, Poland

Complex at the Center of the Universe by Staszek Marek, Poland

The CGSociety and NVIDIA recently announced the winners of their newest competition, NVArt: Art Space. In this ground-breaking competition, artists were invited to gaze into the far reaches of imagination and to bring together their vision of grandeur. They were challenged to create the most awe inspiring architecture and landscape, which they did in awesome measure. Winner:  Marek Staszek

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