BMW Art Cars take over Shoreditch

| 10 Jul 2012

As part of London’s 2012 Festival a ‘landmark’ car park in trendy Shoreditch will host the cream of BMW’s stunning Art Car Collection.

The event will run from 21 July – 4 August and will have 16 of the 17 official cars (the missing one being made from ice) on show in the NCP Car Park on Great Eastern Street.

Artists responsible for the fantastic transformations include Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol (main pic), Ernst Fuchs, Robert Rauschenberg, M.J Nelson, Ken Done, Matazo Kayama, Cesar Manrique, Jeff Koons, AR Penck, Esher Mahlangu, Sandro Chia, Jenny Holzer and David Hockney (below).

The Bavarian firm’s art cars were originally conceived when French racing driver Hervé Poulain invited Calder – best known for his kinetic sculpture style known as ‘mobile’ – to design a car that married artistic excellence to 'an already perfect object'. The result was the fabulous 3.0CSL from 1975.

Admission to the event is free, but for a sneak preview click here or click their respective names for wallpaper-sized pictures of the creations of Calder, Stella and Lichtenstein.