BMW is constantly trying to transform its cars into art with the help of popular artists around the world. The most recent work of art comes from South Africa and was created by Esther Mahlangu, a South African artist, who was the first woman to create artwork on a BMW 525i Sedan.
Its bodywork was created with the bright colours and ornamental shapes, typical of Ndebele art, thus turning it into a BMW Art Car.
Esther Mahlangu has now, for the second time, joined forces with BMW and refined a BMW 7 Series. In collaboration with the BMW Individual Manufaktur, Mahlangu transformed the car by painting her characteristic motifs on the real wood interior trims.
To facilitate this the specialists at BMW Individual Manufaktur developed a special white-coloured fine-wood trim to be painted with Esther’s images before sealing them.
The interior features BMW Individual full grain Merino leather in Smoke White/Black, the highest quality leather available for a BMW, including seats with weave-look stitching and hand-woven piping. The full leather trim also includes the rear panelling of the seats, the upper and lower instrument panel as well as the door panels, including B pillars finished in fine-grain Merino leather.
A BMW Individual leather steering wheel with applications in Piano finish Black and an Alcantara headliner in Smoke White complete the exclusive ambience of the interior.
The one-of-a-kind automobile will be shown to the public for the first time at this year’s Frieze Art Fair (5- 9 October) in Regent’s Park, London. The vehicle will be offered for silent auction. Proceeds from the sale of the vehicle will be donated to a good cause.