Music legends Sid Vicious and David Bowie may not have ever imagined themselves to be immortalised in the religious style of stained glass windows, much less on the side of a Reliant Robin, but that is exactly what has happened, writes James Twomey.
A specially curated exhibition of three Reliant Robins with stained glass windows that display some of South London’s famous musicians, including Lewisham-born Sid Vicious and Brixton-born David Bowie, will be appearing for the first time in London.
Visual artist and creator Stuart Langley said: “The overarching meaning of the three works is to show how re-purposing an object can encourage people to rethink the meanings they assign to the world around them.
“The everyday – in this case cars – doesn’t have to be purely functional. An element of surprise can go a long way in igniting inspiration in others. My inspiration was the stained glass found in Durham Cathedral that helped create something extraordinary from an everyday object.
“The Reliant Robin – one of the vehicles is a Rialto for those in the know – is quintessentially British and a little odd, so it makes the perfect canvas for a stained glass transformation.”
The cars will be surrounded by more three-wheeled wonders including the rare bright orange 1960s Bond Bugs and Del Boy Trotter’s trusted ride in the comedy series Only Fools and Horses.
Camden-born Amy Winehouse also features in the exhibition.
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