Using e ink technology–like that in e readers like Kindles–and an i5, BMW has created a technological, animated homage to its 1991 525i Art Car, painted by South African master artist Esther Mahlangu.
We loved the black ceramic coating on some high-touch surfaces, perfect for a visit to Lisbon, were decorative tile-work production holds such importance that there is an excellent tile museum (visit if you go; we loved it.) Also, the 80s revival Lucite-esque, light-up shift paddles behind the steering wheel, which glowed red in Sport mode, matching some of our mom’s chunky costume jewelry from the era.
This story grew from the casual perusal of a New York Times real estate listing for a house in Detroit’s University District. More proof that I can find an automotive/cultural connection nearly anywhere!
In the final years of the 20th Century, shiny, self-adhesive, readily applicable—and fully ersatz—plasticized iterations of various go-fast bits began appearing in auto-parts stores. They dangled alluringly from pegboard hooks in crinkly cellophane wrappers, enticing those who craved cheap speed or the pretense of it.