BMW Art Cars
Alexander Calder x BMW 3.0 CSL
The very first BMW Art Car: Alexander Calder x BMW 3.0 CSL
The BMW 3.0 CSL was also one of the final works of Alexander Calder before his death. As a sculptor who normally devised his own shapes, Calder managed to free himself from the formal structure of racing cars and, by painting them, aspired to give them his own distinctive mark.
As in the case of his sculptures and mobiles, he used intensive colours and gracefully sweeping surfaces which he distributed generously over the wings, bonnet and roof.
Born in Philadelphia in 1898, Alexander Calder started his career as an engineer, only then to follow in his father‟s and grandfather’s footsteps as a sculptor.
Feeling drawn equally towards art and technology, he developed his own completely unique form of sculpture, his constructions being enormous but nonetheless light and floating in appearance. He became famous for his abstract mobiles which were hailed by critics as the most innovative American sculptures of the 20th century.
The BMW 3.0 CSL
Six-cylinder inline engine
Displacement: 3210 cm³
Power output: 480 bhp
Top speed: 291 km/h