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Picasso on Wheels!
Posted by TK on 3/16/2008 3:55:41 PM (ET)
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Have you ever wondered what a car designed by Picasso would look like? It may look something like this…

Andy Saunders, a 44-year-old mechanic from Poole, Dorset, spent six months turning an aged Citroen 2CV into a cubist work of art inspired by Picasso's Portrait of Dora Maar. Dora Maar was Picasso’s mistress and artistic companion in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Maar’s influence on the artist resulted in some of the most daring and most renowned portraits of his career.

"I decided to blur the line between car design and art by using Picasso as inspiration,” said Mr. Saunders. "I studied Picasso and noticed that he used mainly primary colors and I've stuck with that for the car.”

Mr Saunders is to launch his creation publicly at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed. He says it is legally roadworthy for daytime use only, meaning it does not need traditional headlights or indicators because signals can be made with the hands.

He added: "I made all the new parts and have distorted the whole car so the more you look at it the more peculiar it becomes. It hasn't lost any of its speed - it can still reach 65mph. Eventually I hope to sell it and maybe it will be bought by the Tate Gallery or the Pompidou Centre in Paris. It's hard to put a value on it now, but as it's a work of art I reckon it might sell for about a million pounds. However, if museums or art collectors won't buy it, I think I might have to stick it in Auto Trader."

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