While many companies are unveiling various new car models and concepts at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz is taking the event as an opportunity to exhibit an interesting ‘Aesthetics No.2’ interior sculpture, created by the Mercedes-Benz interior design team.
The sculpture was created to capture the imagination of what is possible and what Mercedes-Benz sees as inspiration to future vehicle interiors. Mercedes-Benz also says the design represents the aesthetic potential in interior ergonomics.
Professor Gorden Wagener, head of Mercedes-Benz design, spoke about the art work at the Detroit Auto Show, saying,
“In the interior sculpture Aesthetics No. 2 we have allowed creative fantasy to develop freely without constraints. We have followed nature’s diversity and perfection. However, we do not simply mimic nature, but learn instead from the intricate, all-encompassing interplay of her elements – this, too, is a hallmark of art.”
It’s hard to imagine that a future production car may hit the showrooms featuring an interior design like this, but Mercedes-Benz is adamant on using such artworks as direct inspiration to interior design for production cars of the near future.
The sculpture itself is 5.6 metres long and 2.6 metres wide, and was developed at a scale of 1.5:1, so it’s practically the same size as an actual production car interior. It’s painted in special ‘Alubeam Liquid Metal’ while the white seats were designed to represent ivory.
Overall, it’s quite a stunning piece of art showcasing smooth lines and fluidic flow in shapes, and it proves Mercedes-Benz isn’t interested in simply churning out cars like a process line using robotic and efficient methods; the company still shows true passion in automobile design and evolution.