Citroën Survolt Francoise Nielly art car displayed at C_42, ParisTue, 19 Oct 2010
Citroën's C_42 building on Paris' world famous Champs-Elysées has launched its new exhibition season, with an art car version of its Survolt concept by French artist Francoise Nielly.
The use of fluorescent paint in her oil and knife portraits was inspired by a childhood spent in Southern France, where she chased butterflies in the bright Mediterranean sun. Her work has, in turn, inspired Citroën's designers, who cite Nielly's work as the influence behind the vibrant color highlights on the Survolt.
It's only fitting therefore that the artist has been commissioned to add her vibrant, energetic aesthetic to the concept car as part of this latest exhibition. Her additions have only served to highlight the Survolt's human qualities.
This season, C_42 will also display new models unveiled at the Paris motor show including the DS4, new C4 and C-Zero.
The top floor also plays host to Flavio Melchiorre's personalized Citroën DS3 – the creation that won the Italian artist first prize in the Citroën Créative Awards.
Laurent Nivalle Photography
By Owen Ready