For over three decades, the artistic journey of Ding Yi has been defined by a singular motif: crosses. With profound abstraction, his canvases are a mesmerizing array of this symbol, embracing diverse forms, colors, and emotions. These works of art have found homes in esteemed museums, galleries, and private collections worldwide. Now, in an exhilarating fusion of art and engineering, Ding Yi’s masterpiece takes to the streets of Shanghai – not on canvas, but on the sleek contours of a Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
In the realm of automotive innovation, Porsche‘s Sonderwunsch program has given birth to a creation that transcends boundaries. Drawing inspiration from Ding Yi’s painting “Appearance of Crosses 2022-2,” this extraordinary car stands as a testament to artistic collaboration and cutting-edge design. Both the exterior and interior of the Taycan Turbo S have been adorned with intricate details meticulously sourced from Ding Yi’s artwork.
Alexander Fabig, Vice President of Individualization and Classic at Porsche, marvels at the complexity of Ding Yi’s vision: “The perfect reproduction of Ding Yi’s picture on the body sections took many more times longer than the painting process for a series production car.” This sentiment underscores the profound dedication and meticulous craftsmanship invested in translating Ding Yi’s artistic vision onto this unique canvas.
At the heart of Porsche’s Sonderwunsch program lies a commitment to delivering top-tier personalization. Customers become an integral part of the creative process, engaging with designers and developers, and even co-managing the project. Ding Yi’s collaboration with the Porsche design team and the experts at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur commenced in the summer of 2022. During this time, not only were the artistic details of the car discussed, but also the foundation paintwork for the body and rims: a captivating shade known as 914Olympblue from the “Paint to Sample” program.
Michael Kirsch, President and CEO of Porsche China, underscores the uniqueness of the collaboration: “Working with Ding Yi was an extraordinary experience. His inspiration and passion exceeded our wildest imagination.” This sentiment speaks to the central ethos of the Sonderwunsch program – creating vehicles that transcend the realm of the ordinary. This remarkable collaboration bridges technological innovation with aesthetic ingenuity, redefining the boundaries of what a car can be.
Ding Yi’s artwork, “Appearance of Crosses 2022-2,” extends its influence beyond the canvas, gracing the bonnet, rear spoiler, and exterior mirror housings of the Taycan Turbo S. Using specialized masking foils tailored to the artwork, skilled artisans meticulously applied each color from the painting, followed by two coats of clear lacquer. This intricate process ensures that every detail of the artwork is accurately and beautifully represented.
The interior of this one-of-a-kind car is an embodiment of Ding Yi’s artistic language. Elements from the painting adorn the trim on doors, dashboard, and around the front cup holders. Despite the variety of materials, a uniform appearance is achieved through an innovative silkscreen printing technique. This marks a pioneering step for Porsche, as this technique was used over a vast expanse for the first time.
While the complete painting couldn’t be replicated in the car’s interior due to spatial constraints, every detail was meticulously positioned to create the sensation of being immersed in the artwork while driving. Such precision extends to the exterior paintwork as well, with no enlargement or scaling down of the artwork’s details. The deep blue hue and dynamic composition of “Appearance of Crosses 2022-2” resonates with the universe’s mysteries and galaxies, forming a dialogue with the Taycan Turbo S’s energy and dynamism.
Ding Yi’s choice of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S as a canvas for his artwork was intuitive. As a Porsche owner for years, he considers the Taycan Turbo S a symbol of the electrified era’s magnificence. This extraordinary vehicle will find its home on the streets of Shanghai, driven by the artist himself.
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