Lincoln Convertible (or The Convertible) illustrates the tragedy that befell America on the day president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The abstract incongruity of the figures and symbols parallels the chaos that the sniper's (or snipers') bullets engulfed America in. The pixelated depiction of the people within the car mirrors the low resolution of the Zapruder film that recorded the incident. Finally, the dark figures on the rear-driver side of the car carry the implication that more than one assassin was present that day, with at least one present on the grassy knoll.
Gerald Laing was a pop artist during the surge in pop-art during the 1960s. His more famous works often featured prominent social or political figures such as JFK, actress Brigitte Bardot, and singer Amy Winehouse. His paintings were generally set on massive canvases depicting his subjects as larger than life idols or implying their posthumous apotheosis. He was known by his contemporaries as the British version of Andy Warhol.
The most obvious connection between "The Convertible" and this year's WSC topic is the presence of theories regarding Kennedy's assassination in the Social Studies section. However, there is an aspect of prediction of the future present in this piece. The political figures in the car are adorned in bright pinks and blues to contrast the drab black and yellow in the rest of the scene. These vibrant colors depict the politicians as beacons of hope who may maintain the prosperity of the late Kennedy's New Frontier programs.