If you’ve ever asked yourself the question, “Can a car be art?” you’re either very passionate about creative expression or you’ve just watched an episode of Top Gear.
For car lovers, though, those questions don’t really matter. We’re more interested in the piece as a whole than its artistic classification, if we can keep from drooling all over the bodywork.
Lamborghini’s “Project Duaiv” Aventador may not be art in the classic sense, but I’ll be damned it wouldn’t fit in at an art gallery. The stunning ‘art car’ was produced by Lamborghini Miami in collaboration with world-renowned French painter Duaiv.
A figurative artist, world traveler, and classical musician, Duaiv is known for his use of vibrant color, abstract execution, and materials. Lamborghini Miami is no stranger to abstract projects (it was partially responsible for the sharpie Gallardo project), so when its owners decided to turn a $397,000 Aventador Roadster into a canvas for him, we knew we were bound to see something special.
The Aventador was adorned in a wrap inspired by one of Duaiv’s figurative works, and its color pallet resembles a mixture of Edvard Munch’s The Scream and a neon billboard. The ‘art car’ may not be as influential as Munch’s oil-painted icon, but it’s undeniably striking.
Outside of a Novitec rear spoiler, there haven’t been any mechanical modifications to Duaiv’s roadster. The stock 6.5-liter V12 remains behind the driver, but with 690 horsepower and a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.9 seconds, that’s probably enough. We want the wrap to stay on, after all.
Duaiv has dabbled in automotive artistry before, as Ferrari of Palm Beach embossed a Ferrari 458 Spider with another wrap of his figurative paintings. The 458 used a similar color range as the Aventador, but its lines were much sharper and less primal.