Back in 1999, Mini asked three British icons to come up with their own Mini designs for an upcoming exhibition celebrating the brand’s 40th anniversary. David Bowie was one of them. The car was good, but his remarks about the project stole the show.
I remember the first time I saw one of Baron Margo’s rocketcars. It was parked at House of Pies, a little diner near my old house, and, sitting there between some boring sedans, it felt like that parking spot was a rift between universes. Being a writer, I think I said something profound like “holy crap, look at that.”
Artist Max Siedentopf prowls the streets of Amsterdam at night, armed with masking tape and cardboard. He waits. He watches. When he sees his prey, he springs into action. His prey are boring cars, and his action is making them into supercars.
Tobias Rehberger is an artist who made one of my all-time favorite pieces of automotive-inspired art: his series of knockoff cars made from simple sketches. Clearly, I’m not the only Rehberger fan out there, since Aston Martin just had him make their new 24 Hours of LeMans art car.
It’s a sad day for anyone interested in the intersection between art and automobiles, because artist Chris Burden died last night of a malignant melanoma. Burden was 69, and in both his automotive work and otherwise, is someone who has inspired me a great deal.
I just want you to know that I’m taking a big risk by posting these at all — goons from Big Tire have made it quite clear that they would like these images of lovely hovercars from French photographer Sylvain Viau to just go away. But I won’t be silenced! I won’t be crushed under your black vulcanized boot.
Yes, those are factory seats for a VW Golf. They're possibly the coolest, weirdest, wildest seats I've ever seen in a production car.
It's too easy to just take supercars and put them in the dystopian world that is to come. It's also too easy to put them into the cyberpunk world that is to come. Or really, any of those futures. What's better is all of those futures, blended together to make a beautiful whole. That's what British artist Khyzyl Saleem…
For a while now, I've been undertaking a long-term research project to find the first car represented in a work of art. Not a technical drawing, but as a subject in a work created for artistic purposes only. I'm still researching, but along the way, I think I've found what may be the first cartoon with cars.
See that, you philistine? That's "art" you see up there. And one of you should buy it for me for the low, low price of $50,000. Because I work hard and I deserve it.
For much of human history the domain of the car with a bunch of random bits slapped on as a symbol of the futility of entropy, or something, I think, has been the domain of the slightly "unique." With increasing access to 3D printing, though, art cars with slapped-on bits have become bonafide, gallery-dwelling works.
As Urban Outfitters' favorite street artist Banksy continues his residency in New York this month, weirder and more wonderous art is bound to pop up. A lot of his newest art is focusing on cars, like the the world's most valuable Mazda Protege, but this new truck of his is downright creepy.
If you don't look at this and involuntarily say "holy crap," then you should probably contact a physician and ask him why you're so dead. This Mercedes V12 replica was designed by artist Eric van Hove, who broke the Benz V12 down to 400+ constituent parts and contracted artisans all over Morocco to duplicate it.
I really like seeing cars used in novel ways. So when I heard Machine Project was planning a performance of Homer's Odyssey in Honda's Odyssey, I was interested. The end result was striking, engaging, smelly, and disturbing in a fun way, and makes me appreciate the performance potential of minivans.
It's rare that I see a piece of art and a piece of me just wants to absolutely lunge for it, but this is one of those times. Exactingly created by artist Scott Park and replicating cars ranging from everything from the Dukes of Hazzard to The Fifth Element, each car is a perfect bit of art in its own right.
Crack Cork Car of Los Angeles is kind of an LA staple, like good tacos and seeing paparazzi hounding some poor Bieber hanger-on. It's for sale now though, so now you, too, can own this automotive oddity.
The Volkswagen Beetle has always been a very round car. In its first iteration, its bubble-shaped roof and front hood always seemed to be attempting to find equilibrium with its sloping rear, and that trend only seemed to continue as generations went on. Now, it looks like that equilibrium has been reached.