Cars have always been heralded as mechanical art. Artists have created priceless one-offs by adding their art.
But what about using cars to create art?
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Land Rover began with drawings in the sand at Red Wharf Bay. Maurice Wilks created the first Land Rover’s outline there in 1947 while standing with his brother.
“My father met his brother on the beach at Red Wharf Bay and made a drawing in the sand of how he thought the Land Rover could be made,” said Stephen Wilks, son of Maurice, in a press release issued today from Jaguar Land Rover. “That was the start of it all, the conception of Land Rover.”
The shape he designed is now recognized as the Defender, Land Rover’s most iconic model. After more than 50 years, production of the Defender is set to end this December, and in honor of its unrivaled popularity, Land Rover has begun 2015 by kicking off a year-long celebration of the line. Three Limited Edition Defenders are beginning this celebration: the Autobiography Edition, priced at £61,500 (approx. $93,000 USD); the Heritage Edition, priced at £30,900 (approx. $46,750 USD), and the new Adventure Edition, priced at £38,400 (approx. $58,000 USD). The Autobiography edition will be available in April, while the Heritage and Adventure Editions will hit showrooms in August.
To track the history of the Defender’s evolution and bring its final year back to the same place it all began, a larger than life version of Maurice Wilks’ first sketch was created in the sands at Red Wharf Bay. Six Defenders with agricultural 12-foot harrows attached to the back had three hours to create a drawing 1 km in size, and the result is both stunning and impressive.
Be sure to watch the video above, uploaded to YouTube Jan. 6 by Land Rover, to see the Land Rover Series I, Series II, Series III, Ninety, Defender 90 Hard Top and Defender 110 Station Wagon create an impermanent masterpiece, and let us know your thoughts on what could potentially be the Defender’s successor in the comments below.
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(Source: Land Rover)