Art / Design, England

Great Eastern Street Carpark

These have been going since 1975 so you’ve maybe heard of them. I actually saw them in a very fancy gallery in Tokyo a few years ago but the BMW Art Car Series is currently on display in a carpark in Shoreditch. Over the years some incredible artists have painted a BMW as part of the programme including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and Alexander Calder.

The difference between seeing them in a gallery and a carpark is dramatic but they definitely don’t feel any less special here. The way they have used this carpark is really clever, you take a car-sized lift to the top floor wander through 6 floors back to ground level, like Guggenheim NYC (!). There are 2 or 3 cars on each floor and the look fantastic under some great spotlighting. I left work onetime and happily spent an hour here lusting after the cars and enjoying myself until my battery ran out.

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5 thoughts on “Great Eastern Street Carpark

    • That’s the last Art Car of the series, designed by Jeff Koons. Its a 500 bhp BMW M3 GT2 and was entered into the Le Mans 24 hr race. I loved it too although I found it so hard to pick a favourite… I think I like the graph paper one, its such an outrageously pumped up body kit.

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