So, apparently, Vauxhall commissioned British artist Alex Chinneck to create a piece revolving around its new Corsa supermini. What he created can now be seen defying gravity besides the London eye, in the Southbank Centre Car Park, until February 25.
The artist explains his view on the work: “I see sculpture as the physical reinterpretation of the material world around us and so by introducing fictional narratives into familiar scenarios, I try to make everyday situations as extraordinary as they can be. I choose to do this through illusions because I think there is something both optimistic and captivating about defying the realms of possibility.”
He adds that “With an effortlessly curling road I hoped to transcend the material nature of tarmac and stone, giving these typically inflexible materials an apparent fluidity.”
It’s a pretty cool piece that can be enjoyed by a wide audience: some will simply like the illusion created, while others will wonder at the mechanical underpinnings that keep it standing.