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Taycan 4S*: combined power consumption: 26.6 – 22.9 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; efficiency class: A

US hyperrealist artist Richard Phillips created a mobile artwork

Acclaimed American artist Richard Phillips and Porsche have collaborated to create an exceptional work of art of Porsche’s all-electric sports car, the Taycan. With the support of RM Sotheby’s, the single and unique piece will be auctioned globally from April 6 to 13, 2021. All proceeds will be donated to Switzerland’s non-profit association Suisseculture Sociale. Porsche and its project partners thereby seek to support artists in Switzerland who have been hit especially hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The artist and his artwork

The Taycan Artcar is actually the second round of collaboration between the New York-based artist Richard Phillips and the German sports-car maker. In 2019, Phillips designed a Porsche art car, which then made history at the twenty-four-hour race in Le Mans: the Porsche 911 RSR from Project 1 Motorsport crossed the finish line to win the world’s toughest automotive endurance race.

To create the Taycan Artcar, Richard Phillips applied his large-scale painting from 2010 entitled Queen of the Night – inspired by the work of legendary Swiss landscape artist Adolf Dietrich – to the body of a Porsche Taycan 4S. The work shows a three-dimensional arrangement of elements and details of the eight-square-meter painting flowing organically up the front hood over the front fenders and across the doors, giving a feeling of speed with the leaves of the night bloom. Moving toward the rear of the Taycan, the painted image glides over the roof and rear fenders as the flora opens to reveal the blue sky and attendant butterflies. “The Queen of the Night livery culminates at the rear of the car with its namesake blossom wrapping completely around the bumper while being dramatically lit up by the Taycan’s signature horizontal light bar,” as Phillips explains.

“The choice to work with my Dietrich-inspired painting was to reference the natural environment with its beauty and composition reimagined in concert with the sweeping gestures of the Taycan. Dietrich’s intimate relationship to the landscape was more than mere representation of the environment around him. It was to communicate the soul of Switzerland and Lake Constance. His art is universally recognized for this, and is something that I have been deeply moved by.”

Support for Swiss cultural creatives

RM Sotheby’s will auction the Taycan Artcar. The online auction will start on April 6, 2021, and run for seven days until April 13 on: The lot includes an exclusive individually tailored tour of Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen – the birthplace of the Porsche Taycan – with Porsche AG’s head of the Taycan model range. The Artcar itself is fitted with added, exceptional customized touches from the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: the illuminated door sill panels are inscribed “Queen of the Night” and door projectors illuminate Phillips’ signature onto the underfloor when the door is opened.

All of the project partners, including artist Richard Phillips, RM Sotheby’s, and the Weiss Falk gallery in Basel, are forgoing a fee or commission to benefit the cause. Porsche Schweiz AG is contributing the Porsche Taycan 4S as well as all related costs to the auction. The entire proceeds will go to the Suisseculture Sociale association.

The Suisseculture Sociale association supports all full-time professional cultural creatives, regardless of their type of art, who live in Switzerland or hold Swiss citizenship. Founded twenty years ago to support creative artists, it is independent of the public sector. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Swiss Confederation has entrusted the association with the organization of Covid-related emergency aid. The proceeds from the Taycan Artcar auction are intended for hardship cases who are not otherwise eligible for these assistance measures.

Richard Phillips

The acclaimed American hyperrealist artist was born in Massachusetts and lives in New York City. Phillips’ artworks were on display worldwide, for example in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London. Phillips first encountered Adolf Dietrich’s art at the restaurant Kronenhalle in Zurich.