BMW is not coy of Art Cars and several great artists around the world have worked magic on them. The German automaker have commissioned many artists when it comes to art car. However, this particular BMW i8 has not been commissioned by Bavarian carmaker. The creator of this project is Thomas Scheibitz and his friend Bernd Heusinger owns i8. Scheibitz has previously worked on automotive projects that includes sculpture and paintings. It is described as “an independent experiment in form and color” and Thomas used his two years old small-scale painting as an inspiration. Hence, BMW i8 consist of scanned and enlarged fragments of the painting on the outside but is used in different contexts.
Thomas Scheibitz is a professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf, Germany. He presented his work on i8 at his Berlin studio this Saturday. During the event he said that “Radical content is a question of form. Traditional sculptural concerns such as visual perspectives, detailed imagery, spatial perspectives, qualities of reliefs, symmetry as well as dissolved symmetry and illusion were the starting points for my design of a body of a modern vehicle.” One has to admit that it is one of the best-looking Art Cars around with the usage of vibrant colors and an asymmetrical design where one side is different from other.
Unlike other Art Cars which are sold for profits or for noble cause, this BMW i8 won’t be changing hands anytime soon. Now, if we discuss about Art Cars from BMW, it goes a long way from the year 1975. The first one was 3.0 CSL that was customized by Alexander Calder. Since, then many BMW cars were commissioned and had company’s logo. They have inspired other cars such as i8 Roadster ‘4 Elements’, made by Czech artist Milan Kunc.