BMW Group New Zealand and local artist Shane Hansen have teamed up to produce a stunning array of native artwork on two BMW model cars.
A BMW M3 Pure and a BMW X5 Performance Edition have been adorned with imagery inspired by original Hansen artwork that depicts both a tui and a kotuku in their natural environment.
Entitled ‘Native Aotearoa’, the uniquely designed vehicles will tour BMW dealerships throughout the country from today until August 16. Hansen’s two original prints will be available for sale on the tour, with the profits going to Forest and Bird New Zealand.
Hansen says the design of the tui on the M3 Pure “exudes attitude”, and the aggressive front headlights and signature BMW kidney grill is “reminiscent of the tui’s fierce glare and strong, chiselled beak”.
“I wanted to show forward motion with the artwork and real acceleration, as if tui was in turbo drive, wings tucked in, jetting across a narrow valley,” says Hansen.
The X5 Performance Edition depicts the kotuku, New Zealand’s largest native bird. Hansen says the vehicle and the kotuku both carry their size in a very well refined package and have a striking beauty about them.
“When kotuku spread their wings to take flight, their majesty and understated royal quality is on show and is truly a sight to behold, so in my eyes the kotuku is our native version of the X5 Performance Edition.”
Nina Englert, Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand, says Hansen’s highly recognisable artwork and inspired imagery perfectly aligns with BMW’s sustainability initiatives of helping protect the natural environment.
With the support of BMW Group New Zealand, Hansen has launched nativeaotearoa.co.nz, a website dedicated to his creative projects for charity.
Click here for dates and locations of BMW's 'Native Aotearoa' tour.