The Aesthetics No. 2 sculpture was created by Mercedes-Benz to explore the possibilities of creating a vehicle interior inspired by the forms of nature.
Painted in alubeam Liquid Metal, the sculpture is in 1.5:1 scale and measures 5.6 x 1.83 x 2.6 meters.
Formal inspiration for the sculpture was suggested by sculpted natural landscapes such as deserts and canyons, but also came from architectural themes and the broad field of aeronautical construction.
The seating environment recalls the image of the gigantic wings of a majestic ray fish. The instrument panel produces associations with the wing and engine design of modern jets.
The curves of the frame cell structure visually close upon themselves like arches of fluid metal, almost like the bloodstream system of a living organism, while the centre console recalls the skeletal structure of a vertebral column.
Gorden Wagener, Head of Design, has commented: “At Mercedes-Benz, automobile design is artistic creation. Inspiration is the pre-condition for the calm, coherent yet passionately emotional design of our cars. In the interior sculpture Aesthetics No. 2 we have allowed creative fantasy to develop freely without constraints.
We have followed Nature’s diversity & perfection; have given her friendliness an expression and a newly-interpreted space. Soft, gentle and infinitely beautiful is her manner of dealing with her resources, creating impressive aesthetics ever anew.
“We perceive this in every cell structure, every blossom, every living being. However, we do not simply mimic Nature, but learn instead from the intricate, all-encompassing interplay of her elements – this, too, is a hallmark of art.”
Everything is in flux, interwoven with everything else. In the words of the poet Friedrich von Schlegel (1772-1829): “Art is the nature of Nature.”