A collaboration between Land Rover’s design director, Gerry McGovern, and Italian artist Nino Mustica, the new work aims to explore the fusion of abstract art and automotive design. ‘As an artist I am able to work in the abstract with full creative freedom,’ says Mustica. ‘However the Discovery Sport is a piece of industrial design that must be both versatile and beautiful. This work is a fascinating exploration of how these worlds collide and interact.’
Made from steel and glass fibre, the twin sculptures frame the front of the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, alongside the River Thames. Both creations measure over 7m x 6m x 6m enabling the vehicles to be replicated on a scale of 1:1.
The intricately curved surfaces were developed in Land Rover’s virtual reality cave, using an interactive 3D process normally used for the development of prototype cars. The sculptures were then handcrafted in Turin before being transported to London, after over 8000 hours of work.
The installation has been launched as part of Frieze Week London, and will be on view until October 19. More information about Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport can be found here.