Though Chevrolet Volt has won praise from the automotive press around the globe, it further stuns the world as the automaker reveals another world-first. Famous vehicle artist Ian Cook marked art history in London by making an image of the vehicle using paint that responds to ultra-violet light, making the painting glow against the canvass on which it is created.
The image is found on a night-time image of the Volt in London captured by popular vehicle photographer Dominic Fraser. In normal lighting conditions, the artwork appears to be a fairly bright and prominent image. However, when UV 'black' light hits it, appears to rise in front of its background as it comes to life.
Cook made the image in a mostly dark studio where he used radio-controlled Chevrolet Camaro models dipped in UV paint, generally to make them visible in the studio. He said that this is the "hardest piece of work" he has ever made, adding that he was "more or less creating it blind." Cook explained that the idea of the project was to make an image that was "as innovative and mould-breaking" as the Chevrolet Volt itself, while keeping in mind its electric powertrain at the same time.
He shared that Chevrolet was one of the first automakers to "fully" recognize his radio-controlled vehicle art "and, indeed, make the most of it."
He related that as the Volt takes electric motoring to "a new level," he also wanted to take his art to a new level by doing something "completely new and different." The Volt was completed during a three-day vehicle workshop held at the headquarters of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in London. At this time, Cook showed his art in interactive sessions to art students and school children.