24 Hours of Le Mans art Aston Martin designed by Tobias Rehberger.
Artist Tobias Rehberger is renowned for his abstract art and optical effects that distort perception. Rehberger has received numerous international prizes and awards, including the Golden Lion for best artist at the 2009 Venice Biennale. The abbility to create the illusion of movement and speed, even when static attracted Aston Martin and Tobias Rehberger.
Thirty years since the first art car ran in the 24-hour race, Rehberger set out to create a design that uses geometric shapes and patterns to give the car, when static, the impression of movement and speed. The artwork was commissioned by the owner of car #97 who has long-admired the work of Rehberger and was interested to see how he could manipulate the appearance of the race car that is based on Aston Martin’s Vantage road car.
“My design for the Aston Martin art car is rooted in my interest in distorted perception and related phenomena like auto moving patterns, optical effects, camouflage and visual confusion, which I have addressed in many works before,” explained the German artist.
“In this case, the design is based on a geometric optical effect pattern. Comparable to a fast object, a steady fixation on a point of the pattern is impossible.”
“Personally, I think art cars are fantastic,” commented Turner. “This design really pushes the boundaries of what’s been done before and challenges how we can use patterns and colours in racecar liveries – I love it!” commented Driver of the car, Darren Turner.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans starts on Saturday 13 June at 1500hrs.