PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A unique art project is going on in Franklin Square this week. Local art students are painting a “crush car” that will be used in the upcoming June Monster Jam.

Students from the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia are using an uncrushed crush car as their canvas, painting a colorful montage of Philadelphia icons.

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Hussian School of Art junior, Korey Kaznica, describes some of the Philadelphia iconic images which are being painted on a car (see image above) located under a tent right next to Franklin Square, “William Penn, the Chinatown Archway, they wanted a football with the green and gray for the Eagles, Broad Street sign over there.”

“A lot of them haven’t worked in this kind of format; they’re used to two dimensional pieces of paper to work on.  So this is a lot different in that sense,” says teacher Scott Kirschner.

“Normally, they’re painted one solid color,” says Scott Handfinger, with Feld Entertainment, which is producing the upcoming Monster Jam. “But we wanted to tie into the city of Philadelphia and the students here are painting iconic scenes from throughout the city.”

The car will be flattened in Lincoln Financial Field as part of the Monster Jam.

“It’s just the thrill of people going to be there,” says, Alexis, 20, a sophomore from Olney. “They’re going to see it.  Having it crushed is no problem with me.  I’m just enjoying the experience as we go along.”

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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