An Art Car in 24 hours on the clock to celebrate Ligier’s 50 years

An Art Car in 24 hours on the clock to celebrate Ligier’s 50 years

24.05.2019: An Art performance at the heart of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ligier make founded in 1969 by Guy Ligier, the racing car constructor Ligier Automotive launches an ambitious project with the French artist Nairon

An Art performance at the heart of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ligier make founded in 1969 by Guy Ligier, the racing car constructor Ligier Automotive launches an ambitious project with the French artist Nairone Defives: an Art Car painted in front of the fans in 24 hours during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A never-before-attempted artistic feat. A real challenge!
 




“A 50th anniversary is a very important event, explains Jacques Nicolet, President of Ligier Automotive. We wanted to mark this anniversary. The idea of an Art Car rapidly sprung to mind.





An Art Car to tell our story, our debut in endurance, the 20 seasons in F1, Jacques Laffite and the make’s revival since 2013. But not only! A live performance in 24 hours on the clock during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We will have six Ligier JS P217s on the track and at the heart of the Village of the 24 Hours an Art Car painted in front of the fans”.



The French artist Nairone Defives will take on the challenge. This is not Nairone’s first collaboration. He has already worked with many brands such as Adidas, Vans, Puma, Eristoff, Sennheiser or the Paris Saint Germain. But an Art Car in live performance this is a first for him. “An anniversary Art Car in 24 hours on the clock, exclaims Nairone.



How could I say no? It was only afterwards that I realised what I’d taken on. 24 hours, it’s one hell of a challenge for me! The car will be my canvas. The Ligier JS P4 has aggressive dynamic lines. But I’m not to let that intimidate me. It’ll be her and me together for 24 hours with the public and the fans following my every brush stroke!


”On Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June during the test sessions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Nairone will prepare his canvas on the carbon chassis of the Ligier JS P4, Ligier’s latest sports prototype launched in 2018. 4,6 metres long and almost 2 metres wide for 920 kg!




The carbon will be entirely covered by white paint by the artist to allow him to create his piece of art. Armed with his black brush, Nairone will start the Art Car on Saturday 15 June at 3 pm at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and finish on Sunday 16 June at 3 pm. Don’t miss this show at the heart of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Village and on social media with the #LIGIERAUTOMOTIVExNAIRONE!


 




Nairone is studying the lines of the Ligier JS P4 on a model in his art studio before confronting it full-size at the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
 



Elsa Nicolet – photos Ligier

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