Olafun Eliasson’s H2R Art Car is an unusual specimen for several different reasons. Not only was it based of a BMW concept car in lieu of a production or racing car, Eliasson also chose to completely replace the car’s exterior surfaces instead of decorating them.
Eliasson stripped the H2R’s outer layers and replace them with two layers of superimposed metal, forming an exoskeleton of sorts. That framework covers the underpinnings of the car, while the remainder of its already unusual form is then coated with delicate layers of ice.
The idea behind this treatment was to bring attention to environmental issues by showing the delicate beautify held in every drop of water. An appropriate idea, especially since the H2R concept
used a modified 6.0-liter V-12 that ran on compressed hydrogen, and emitting only water vapor from the tailpipe.
“By bringing together art, design, social, and environmental issues, I hope to contribute to a different way of thinking-feeling-experiencing cars and seeing them in relation to the time and space in which we live,” said Eliasson.
Source: Andrew Peterson "Mobile Masterpieces: The History of BMW's Art Cars" - www.automobilemag.com