Art installation celebrates the automobile for the ‘1000 Miglia’

BRESCIA – Immersive automobile inspired art installations, designed by Sabine Marcelis, are to be presented at this year's 1000 Miglia. The art installations were commissioned to celebrate Bergamo-Brescia as the Italian capital of culture 2023. The 1000 Miglia 2023 is taking place from June 13 to 17. The annual classic car rally will this year involve 405 cars.

The designer, already the creator of the cups and medals for the 2022 edition, was recently awarded the title of Designer of the Year by both Wallpaper Magazine and Elle Decor, some of the most prestigious sector magazines in the world.

Starting with the elements that most characterise the automobile, the steering wheel, gearbox, pedals, tyres, headlight, suspension and gears, Marcelis has designed and created eight coloured, semi-transparent resin sculptures to celebrate the history and socio-cultural importance of the automobile for over a century.

It is from the automobile that many technologies have been exported to other areas that have contributed to the improvement of living and working conditions. Conceived as abstract sculptural interpretations, the works celebrate both the function of the component and the technological developments that have taken place over the years. They are illuminated by sunlight during the day and have a built-in light source that is activated in the evening.

The sculptures will remain in place in the space in front of the Palazzo delle Poste for all the opening days of the 1000 Miglia Village. At the end of the 1000 Miglia, the works will be donated to the City of Brescia and will be exhibited until the end of the year in the cloister of the University of Brescia in via San Faustino.