Jump to content

MyCarForum Logo
Magnifying glass



British artists never ‘TYRE’ of new challenges

By Blogger on 23 Feb 2012

Attached Image

Most people think of tyres as round, black things you fit to your car.

But to four British artists chosen in partnership by Cooper Tire Europe, and the UK’s leading art store, Castle Galleries, tyres became blank canvasses last month.

The quartet was commissioned to turn a selection of road and race tyres into unique pieces of artwork.

Attached Image

Based on three themes relevant to the products and motorsport heritage of Cooper and its Avon Tyres brand, the artists spent a combined 257 hours transforming the tyres they were given into pieces of art, which will be displayed at Artica Galleries, South Molton Street, London (part of the Castle Galleries group) until 17 February 2012.

Sarah McRoberts, Marketing Communications Manager for Cooper Tire Europe, said, “When you look at the detail that goes into creating a tyre and compare it to the detail each artist has used within their designs, the end result is remarkable.”

Attached Image

The diamond anniversary of the British Formula 3 International Series was an inspirational theme for artists using the Cooper F3 motorsport tyre.

Meanwhile, artists who received a motorcycle tyre used the theme ‘100 years of motorcycle tyres’ as a driving force to commemorate Avon Tyre’s 100th anniversary of producing road-going motorcycle tyres and those given Avon’s winter tyres incorporated a ‘winter’ theme.

The bespoke ‘tyre art’ collection was created by artists Stefan Marner, John Wilson, Stephen Simpson and Richard Rowan.

Attached Image

“As soon as I received my tyre, I knew I wanted to give the illusion of movement,” said contemporary abstract artist Stephen Simpson. “I’m proud of the fact I’ve had the opportunity to work on a piece of art that has given me ideas to take my style forward.”

An abnormal canvas led to something out of the ordinary for artist Stefan Marner, “Learning to work with a different surface has given me a broader spectrum of ideas with my designs. This time round, I used a variety of materials: aluminium, brass and metallic paint.”

other news, other blogs, europe and 5 more...

Viewed: 871 times

Related Blog Posts
Written by Blogger
Not only do their passion for cars burn pavements, their thoughts and ideas on cars are as fast as the word go.

Car Makes

Please select a car make

Facebook Likes
   Featured Blog Post
With a bit of quick thinking, this man hid his E30 BMW M3 in his living room when he heard Hurric...
Renault's next Megane RS has been spotted in South Europe doing some testing with minimal cam...
While this is not the most scientific test to see which driven pair of wheels gives better tracti...
We are sure most of us have been told by 'automotive experts' that one should always wait...
China Xinhua News has reported that the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), born to help China deal with...
As part of its continued development at circuits throughout the U.S. the Acura NSX GT3 is slated...
   Lifestyle Articles