What happens when you bring some of the world’s most well-known street artists to one of the world’s most spectacular art events? Insane parties, pricey auctions, celebrity sightings, and yes, somewhere in the middle of all that hullabaloo, there is actual art.
At Art Basel Miami 2015, a handful of artists have put their talents to the test with unusual choices in canvas. First there’s RETNA, whose work you may recognise from the album art for Justin Bieber’s Purpose. RETNA covered a Ferrari F430 in his distinctive aesthetic for a series called Artceleration. Ben Levy also got his hands on one of the luxury cars and kitted it out in his signature colourful style. A third Ferrari will be customised by Edouard Duval-Carrie.
When complete, the Artceleration Ferraris will go on display and then be auctioned off for charity. Proceeds will go to the Miami Children’s Health Foundation and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and The Little Haiti Cultural Center.
Brazilian twins Os Gemeos also got in on the automotive art action with a sculpture built on a modified Citroen 2CV. A humongous head sits atop the car that opens to reveal a mirrored disco ball interior. Hidden in the reverse of the face is a cabinet of curiosities, containing treasures like antique radios, clocks, and figurines. Viewers can interact with the installation to discover more hidden details.
For Snarkitecture, a car wasn’t thinking big enough. The New York design studio teamed up with private aviation company NetJets to create a custom ‘Signature Series Global 5000′ aircraft. The plane got a serious makeover, courtesy of a blue gradient designed to mimic an ombre sky during dawn or dusk. The jet is currently greeting visitors at Miami’s International Airport.