For the art aficionado out there, the name Esther Mahlangu may ring a bell. Her art is well known for combining the traditional Ndebele way of painting. In 1991, the South African artist gained international fame for being the first woman to create art on a BMW 525i sedan. This year, the 81-year-old artist has created another art car, giving the latest-generation 7-Series a bit of a unique touch.
The BMW 740Li Individual is already a motoring masterpiece on its own. Its 20-inch V-spoke rims, metallic silver accents, Merino leather-lined interior, and 326hp TwinPower turbo motor are just some of the things that make it special. But the main highlight, however, has got to be the motifs painted by Mahlangu inside the cabin. The colorful abstract shapes, though quite complex when taken as a whole, are actually simple on their own.
The medium used is fine woodgrain interior. To help her out, BMW Individual specialists sent Esther white fine wood panels where she was able to pour out her artistic expression. Once done, these were sealed, not only to preserve the art but to promote longevity.
This is what makes the 7-Series by Esther Mahlangu unique on its own. The added bonus of contemporary Ndebele art within its swanky cabin simply takes it to a whole new level. It mixes the modern with the traditional and actually allows the two extremes to complement each other. Who would have guessed that bright artwork would blend nicely with smoked white and black leather?
The 7-Series art car is now up for silent auction, with its proceeds going to a charitable cause.