Artist Creates Intricate Rust Portraits Of Luxury Cars

Bo Lundvang is using pieces of oxidized metal to create stencil designs of his favorite automobiles.

Sam McNerney
Sam McNerney on February 1, 2012.

Oxidized pop art is a great mash-up of chemistry and culture, and Swedish artist Bo Lundvang is jumping on board. Lundvang is currently using rust to create designs of cars including the vintage Dodge Charger, the modern and flashy Lamborghini Aventador as well as the Koenigsegg CCX. How does he do it? In a recent NYTimes article Lundvang describes his process:

Each rusting… begins with a rendering of the desired image in a computer program. The finished image is sent to a vinyl cutter that produces a stencil from a large piece of adhesive vinyl, which Mr. Lundvang then affixes to a piece of bare steel measuring roughly three feet long and 1½ feet tall. With the stencil in place, the artist applies a process — “my own little secret,” he said, refusing to say more — that speeds the oxidization and regulates the formation of rust. When the stencil is removed, the image stands in smooth, gray steel against a background of deeply textured rust. Lastly, the entire work is covered in a sealing agent to protect against further oxidization.

Lundvang hails from Vasteras, Sweden, writes for the automotive magazine Bilsport and is described as a media polymath. Check out the gallery below to see more photos of his oxidized designs:


Bo Lundvang


Images via Complex.

TOPICS: Arts & Culture, Automotive, Design & Architecture, Work & Business
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Sam McNerney graduated from Hamilton College where he earned a bachelors in Philosophy last May. However, after reading too much Descartes and Nietzsche, he realized that his true passion is reading and writing about the psychology of judgment and decision making. His blog, tries to figure out what makes humans tick. He spends his free time listening to Gaga​ and tweeting @WhyWeReason.