The SL SL gullwing was rendered in front of a brutalist backdrop by digital artist Khyzyl ‘The Kyza’ Saleem and hung in the air like the masterpiece.
Many a Mercedes can claim to be a classic. The biggest of all, however, is the legendary 300 SL gullwing. Between 1954 and 1957 1,400 copies flew from Stuttgart to all parts of the world. The mark it has left to this day even inspired Mercedes to bring back the wings for the SLS AMG 2010-15.
To say that 300 SL gullwing A masterpiece would be an understatement. There is still room to go further, however. Autoevolution came across such an example not so long ago, thanks to the London-based digital artist Khyzyl “The Kyza” Saleem.
“Another suspended car was discovered in the outskirts of Area7. Could this be by the same artist who created the orange BMW not so long ago ?! This rare gullwing @mercedesbenz 300SL looked suitable for a museum!”
This is the description that Saleem wrote on his Instagram for his series. A handful of steel wires anchor the Gullwing to heaven, its red wings bring life to the brutalist backdrop. The circular reflective pool and gray tiles serve as the stage on which the Benz plays.
While it is clearly a digital rendering and it is 3D, it is Gullwing looks more like a painting or an illustration than something from our world or that of the virtual square. The shading and lighting likely help give this piece that otherworldly, surreal look. It definitely shows how far Saleem has come in his art.
It’s not the first time Saleem has hanged a ride from the sky. A few months ago he did the same thing with a BMW M1, although there were no cables holding him over the neon-lit pool. Both images were inspired by art Chris Labrooy. A master of combining Germanic journeys with surrealism, Labrooy once made a pagoda Mercedes as a silver flamingo float.
In the meantime, if it doesn’t hang Benzes Saleem also has a body kit shop called Skylights LTO: Live to offend. Based on his widebody art, you too can transform your ride just like he does with his digital pen. We can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.