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“Reclaimed” is one of those buzzwords that’s come along in the last year or two to described mundane things like dead wood that’s been turned into a high priced consumer good. Think of a tabletop made from “reclaimed wood” and sold at a premium in a bougie furniture store and you get the idea.
French artist Charly Molinelli has taken the “reclaimed” idea to a new level with this (admittedly awesome) Ferrari coffee table made from a vehicle so mangled that we have no idea what kind of Ferrari it started life as. The piece was (obviously) comissioned by a wealthy patron of Molinelli’s and is said to have cost well into the 5-figures. Special wood was also procured to “stay with the concept of recycling.” That strikes us as a bit rich when dealing with a piece like this, but we’re not going to lie and say we don’t want one of these for our living room.
[Source: Autoblog UK]
Carhenge, Nebraska’s remarkable automotive replica of England’s Stonehenge, has been a proud display of automotive greatness and whimsical art for 24 years. Jim Reinders, the man behind the fantastic creation announced that Carhenge and its land will now be up for sale, with an asking price of $300,000.
A not-for-profit landmark, Reinders has dwindled his finances in an effort to maintain the admission-free monument, admitting he, “can’t develop the land as we should.” The organization, Friends of Carhenge, envision a future Carhenge with additional amenities including a campground, a go karting track as well as convenience and souvenir shops to give visitors reason to pay admission in the future.
They hope that a new buyer will assist in bringing Carhenge to its deserved potential.
Anyone who built model cars as a kid would appreciate should pay attention to an upcoming auction featuring an installation by artist Jay Burridge. Burridge has created a life-size “Airfix kit” out of a McLaren MP4/6, one of the greatest Formula 1 racing cars of its era.
The sculpture has some serious provenance behind it, as the MP4/6 was formerly raced by Formula 1 great Ayrton Senna.
Now this very piece can be yours if you have the highest bid at the COYS auction at the Nurburgring on August 13th. This sculpture was recently unveiled at Blenheim Palace in Oxforshire, England. Dennis Rushen, who was Senna’s manager was on hand to admire the sculpture.
“I was really impressed with the Senna sculpture. Such a clever idea and it really stands out as something really different. He was really into models and he would have appreciated the concept,” Rushen said.
COYS believes the sculpture will fetch over $50,000.
[Source: Road and Track]
A simple city intersection in Berlin turns into a painted canvas, thanks to a “guerilla art project” that splashed paint onto the wheels of hundreds of passing cars.
Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh—whose name already sounds like a work of art—gained inspiration from seeing spilled cans of paint trampled by bicycles and footprints on the sidewalk, and possibly this highway accident. “Because I work a lot in a public space it feels that I am painting reality,” he said. “I am not a painter but my work always feels like I am painting reality myself and the world myself.”
He planned the artwork carefully with his buddies from his chess boxing club, which apparently is a real thing—he tested on a bicycle first to make sure the environmentally-friendly, rain-washable paint would look good and not leave the road slippery, which would have been an entirely different guerilla project.
After all their secret tests were completed, the team dumped the paint from bicycles onto the intersection and snuck off to avoid police suspicion. A video camera from a fourth-floor apartment overlooking the intersection captured everything—including the police officers and firefighters who descended upon the intersection, taking samples of paint back to various laboratories.
The art piece took place over a year ago, but Rubingh waited for the statute of limitations to expire, and is now only releasing the footage. His hard work is now your entertainment: click the jump to see this artist’s efforts.
[Source: Toronto Star]
This is the sort of thing you won’t see at community dinner theater—Hungarian artist Hajnal Németh turned a mangled BMW 525i into the focus of an experimental opera that reflects the life cycle of a car accident.
Entitled “Crash: Passive Interview,” the opera features a liberetto performed by singers inside BMW’ Leipzig plant in Germany, with lyrics that are similar to the interviews given to police after an accident. The factory represents the birthplace of the car, and the wrecked BMW E39 inside the factory is the completion of the car’s life cycle. Németh’s piece, according to the installation’s literature, depict “a life cycle of a car that had sacrificed itself to save its driver.”
Németh also filmed the assembly line with BMW’s permission, as well as presenting spoken testimony from accident survivors. Despite BMW’s involvement, they did not finance any aspect of the work. However, they did label the 5-Series as “a crashed BMW as a tragic hero.” Nice try, Aeschylus.
As an art piece it is highbrow, yet emminently understandable—most of us have been involved in an accident, and felt some loss with a totaled car. And as far as wrecking cars goes, it’s a damn sight better than Jonathan Schipper’s heart-wrenching Firebird accident.
If you can swing an Italian getaway, Crash will be featured in Venice at the biannual Biennale di Venezia exhibition until November 27th.
[Source: New York Times]
What will Manhattan look like in 2030? Get your multipasses ready, because Audi has an idea—it’ll be green, multicultural, and certainly involve four rings.
Opening at the New Museum at the Bowery, the exhibit brings designers, architects, and artists together to form a unified vision of what life will be like in less than 20 years, with five prominent New York architecture firms concentrating on one section of the island. The exhibit features a 1:1200 rendering of the Manhattan of 2030, with an Inception-like rendering of the island folding upon itself.
“With the Audi Urban Future Initiative we as a globally operating company are exercising social responsibility”, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, an Audi board member. “In order to convert visions into reality more quickly, our experts are taking part in the debate about the city of the future. At the same time we are networking with experts from other disciplines – and in this way playing our part in shaping the urban future.”
Want to get a glimpse of the future? You’ll have to go to the New Museum and attend its Festival of Ideas for the New City, including a three-day symposium, starting May 7th, about what this future will truly bring. Flying Audis? Self-tying shoelaces? Zombies? Remember, it’s only 4 more years until we’re supposed to get hoverboards. Get on it, you lousy scientists.
For more information, visit the Audi Urban Future Initiative web site.
Well here’s something different. If you just so happen have to be stuck with a minivan, you might as well get a luxurious one that looks cool, right? Mercedes-Benz recently released the Viano Van in Europe and German tuning house A.R.T. is releasing a Viano tuning program for early next year.
The tuning program transforms the exterior of the van from mundane soccer mom to sexy soccer mom. The front lip features additional LED lights, while the side skirts and rear skirt adds a sense of sportiness to the van’s look. Making it even more aggressive is a roof spoiler and A.R.T.’s quad-tipped exhaust system.
A.R.T. also offers a lowering kit for the minivan, giving the vehicle the stance it needs for the 18-inch or 19-inch monoART1 or monoART2 wheels.
A.R.T. is also offering performance upgrades depending on which model Viano you have. The 3.0L V6 CDI receives an ECU upgrade, pushing horsepower to 268-hp and torque to 391 ft-lbs. The 3.5L V6 receives more engine mods, including cylinder head port and polishing, more aggressive cams and a new air filter. This package bumps horsepower to 327-hp with 299 ft-lbs of torque.
On the inside, A.R.T. offers a new steering wheel and accents with any combination of leather, wood and/or carbon fiber. And to keep all those kids in the van entertained? A.R.T. will be more than happy to install a multimedia DVD system, additional monitors, Playstation, business equipment and more. We’re guessing a ton of iPads wouldn’t be out of reach for A.R.T.
GALLERY: A.R.T. Mercedes-Benz Viano Tuner