Digital illustrator Chris Labrooy continues to experiment with radically unusual car designs by creating ludicrous CGI vehicle concepts based on VW Beetles, Datsuns, and Citroen C3s. Since we first mentioned his Auto Aerobics series, Labrooy decided to bring a few of his ideas to life in a series of animations titled Cut & Shut and Tokyo. You can see more of his recent work in his portfolio. (via Designboom)
Reflecting its surroundings with a splintered and imperfect view is Jordan Griska‘s 2016 sculpture Wreck, a non-functional model of a Mercedes Benz S550 made entirely from reflective stainless steel. The piece, which is composed of nearly 12,000 individual parts, is meant to highlight both luxury and mortality from a removed perspective. While researching the work Griska referenced Andy Warhol’s series of car crash prints, connecting the sterility of his work’s stainless steel to that of a lithoprint.
“The sculpture mirrors the peak of today’s automobile industry by using digital technology and meticulous handcraft to subvert both utopian dreams and reality,” explains Philadelphia Contemporary in a statement about the piece. “Spectacular and haunting, Wreck captures the dual nature of American culture by contrasting wealth, freedom, and individuality with decadence, debauchery, and tailspin, as flip sides of the same coin.”
Artist Dan Rawlings merges subject matter that would seem to be in direct contrast to its medium: trees cut into an old silo or ferns that sprout from rusty street signage. A collision of urban and rural. “I try to create images that remind people of the moments when everything seems possible and free,” says Rawlings, “times when climbing a tree, or sitting admiring the way its branches twist and curl means nothing, but means everything.”
Over the last few weeks, Moscow-based artist and illustrator Nikita Golubev has taken to the streets to etch images of animals onto the sides of completely filthy vehicles. The reductive process involves creating “clean” spots by wiping or scraping his images onto the gritty surface of each car. You can see more from his “Dirty Art” series on Facebook. (via Twisted Sifter)
In the Polish city of Pruszków you’ll find the Gallery of Steel Figures, an entire museum devoted to dozens of sculptures built from scrap metal salvaged from a local scrapyard. Their most recent addition is a collection of four iconic cars designed and built by roughly 50 artists over the last 5 years. The models include a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, a Bugatti Veyron, a Maserati GranTurismo, and a Lamborghini Aventador. The steel vehicles are built completely to scale and include functional doors and replica interiors. The Gallery of Steel Figures also has wide array of imposing Transformers and other pop culture figures from TV and film. You can see more car details on Carscoops. (via @menujusenja, Auto Swiat)
Indonesian sculptor Ichwan Noor (previously) takes the iconic components of vintage VW vehicles and warps them into perfect spheres and cubes. The large-scale sculptures leave the uncanny impression of being instantly recognizable, yet leaving you wondering just how the artist constructed them. It’s the immediate familiarity that initially attracted Noor to using the cars as a medium in the first place. “I see the VW Beetle as one of the most successful designs, one that people will always be familiar with,” he says about the ongoing sculpture series. The artist most recently exhibited a new Beetle Sphere at Art Stage Jakarta 2016, and you can see more of his recent artwork on his website.