Англичанин Энди Сондерс
(Andy Saunders) превратил старенький автомобиль Citroen 2CV
в произведение искусства в стиле кубизма. Вдохновением для 44-летнего жителя графства Дорсет послужила знаменитая картина Пабло Пикассо «Сидящая женщина» («Портрет Доры Маар»), а работа над авто-шедевром длилась полгода.
Самое удивительное, что автомобиль допущен на дороги общего пользования в Англии, но глядя на его светотехнику, возникает вопрос про передвижение ночью.
The iconic Citroen 2CV effectively put France on wheels. Powered by a small but capable two-cylinder engine, and possessing a resilient, long-travel suspension, it gave rural residents the means of negotiating rutted, pockmarked country roads with ease. In its later years it became the darling of city dwellers with its unmistakable retro style, handy size, alert handling and low fuel consumption.
Officially unveiled at the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Andy Saunders’ “Picasso’s Citroen” is the automotive expression of the great painter’s Cubist works. In an article from November 2007’s Octane magazine, Saunders noted “I decided to try and blur the line between car design and art by using Picasso as inspiration.” Inspired by the artist’s famous “Portrait of Dora Maar”, every panel on the car has been altered, leaving virtually no visible symmetry. The body shell has been widened by 152.4mm on the right side only, the boot has been moved off centre by 152.4mm and the bonnet, which gives the car its distinctive appearance, is made up of no fewer than twelve separate parts. It is estimated that 1,200 hours were spent in the construction.
The twin headlights on one side, the off-kilter grille and door panels are certainly striking. The 2CV remains completely usable and road-licensed for daytime use. Saunders further opines that “It hasn’t lost any of its speed-it can still reach 65 mph.” With each look at the car, its wonderful strangeness becomes more apparent as various details of the way the body has been altered come to light. The use of a rainbow palette of bright, strong colours adds to the artistic look and closely follows shades used by Picasso in his well-known paintings “The 3 Musicians” and “Still Life on a Table”.
Mr. Saunders believes that this car would be quite at home at the Tate Gallery or the Centre Pompidou, and while it would certainly be fascinating to see it take its place in either museum, this truly unique automobile would be even more striking on the road where it will bring the artist’s vision to countless aficionados of both conventional and automotive art. While it has been featured in numerous publications including nearly every newspaper in the UK, it has never been exhibited at an automobile show. “Picasso’s Citroen” stands as a tribute to one of the world’s most imaginative artists, from one of the world’s most clever automotive customisers.