The Porsche 911 is considered an exceptional car not only among car enthusiasts today, but also in the past as a classic car. But what would you say if we told you that exactly one such Porsche 911 washed up on the beach last summer in the Polish port city of Gdynia, which is located on the Baltic Sea coast? It was extremely difficult to tell that it was a Porsche 911 from the object’s outline, as the now-faded red body was already almost completely covered in coral, algae, and other memorabilia from the sea. Rest assured, however, that this is not a salvaged luxury vehicle, but rather an art installation in which 3D printing also played a role.
With the increasing pollution of our oceans, it probably wouldn’t have come as a huge surprise if this Porsche 911 had been recovered from the sea, but the audience who marveled at this installation had concept artists Ada Zielinska and Rafal Dominik to thank. . The reason for this rather unusual art was the annual Gdynia Design Days art festival, the theme of which was the ocean and climate change. The idea of the artists was to see concretely what such a valuable car would probably look like if it were left in the Baltic Sea for decades. Since this would not have been feasible in terms of environment or time, the two artists decided to turn to 3D printing.
A Porsche 911 forgotten in the Baltic Sea?
It is understandable that at the beginning of the project it was difficult to find a volunteer to donate a Porsche 911 for this artistic purpose, however, a model of this type from 1973 could be found. As you can see in the cover photo, it has many small shells, corals, algae and other parts of the sea, which were produced for the project, called “Sunken Romance”, thanks to 3D printing and then glued to the surface. of the car on a two-week job. However, the artists do not provide any further details about the technology, material or 3D printer involved.
It is obvious that 3D printing was instrumental in the success of the creation of the entire art installation. And the fact that this sunken Porsche was also successful at its public presentation is confirmed by Zielinska: “Many people were quite shocked and really thought they had pulled it out of the sea. People were running at him from all directions, pulling their phones out of him to take photos.” If you want to learn more about the “sunken” Porsche 911, you can click HERE or watch the video below.
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*Cover photo credits: Porsche
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