For the third consecutive year, Volvo Car Switzerland organised the Volvo Art Session at the central train station in Zurich, Switzerland. Over the weekend of June 7-9, both emerging and established artists took part by getting creative with a Volvo XC60.
The theme of this year’s Volvo Art Session in Zurich was “Designed Around You” – and the canvas was a white Volvo XC60. The artists were invited to let their imagination run wild and transfer it all onto the car.
The result was a succession of incredible three-dimensional works of art that only existed until the next artist painted over it. The creative transformation of the Volvo XC60 canvas can be viewed at volvoartsession.com/.
“With the Art Session we want to demonstrate that Volvo Cars is a creative and innovative brand which places people at its heart. This unique event enables us to reach new potential customers who hadn’t considered Volvo previously,” explains Anouk Poelmann, President of Volvo Car Switzerland.
The first Volvo Art Session was organised with contributing Swiss artists. Last year, the invited artists came from China. This year’s event was an exhibition of international artists. “The diversity this year was immense, and this was really noticeable. Positive and creative energy flowed throughout the stage where the artists were working. Passers-by were constantly stopping and taking photographs of the work. Many stayed long enough to see the transformation of the car,” explains Anouk Poelmann. Volvo Art Session was held at Zurich’s central train station, one of the busiest covered public places in Europe.
The Volvo Art Session was documented by well-known Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini. His images will be published in a photo book later this year. Additionally, the continually changing face of the Volvo XC60 was captured on a high-end time-lapse camera. The Volvo Art Session can therefore also be enjoyed as a cinematic work.
“In the three years since Volvo Art Session started, the event has grown constantly. We continue to attract more and more attention from both the media and the public. We are also attracting increasing amounts of international attention,” Anouk Poelmann adds. This year’s event was co-hosted by the UK-based art and style magazine i-D.
This year’s artists were the renowned German 3-D graffiti artist DAIM, the French-American duo Koralie & Supakitch, the rising street art stars Etam Cru from Poland, the Swiss graphic designer Blanda Eggenschwiler, the Canadian couple Lexr & Evoke, as well as the half-Chinese artist Daniel Man who is based in Germany.
Visit volvoartsession.com to view images of the previous two Volvo in Art sessions hosted in 2011 and 2012.