Mercedes-Benz challenged Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi to sculpt the shape of their CLA sedan using his signature floating sheet technique.
Until now my works of art have been reminiscent of mountains, but this time I wanted to use a more materialistic object as the basis for my sculpture. Normally I stack cardboard boxes and cover them with a polyethylene film that is suspended in mid-air on sheer threads. Afterwards the boxes are removed and the film stays where it was. The CLA has something organic about it, a natural, aerodynamic shape that allows it to offer the air little resistance.
Onishi spends hours with a hot glue gun filled with black glue sticks. He coats transparent fishing line thread with glue strands that form the structure to suspend the sheet covering the raised CLA. The car was slowly lowered to reveal the captured silhouette. This video features Onishi explaining the inspiration for the work and his technique: