Playing With & For The Community
We recently had the pleasure of viewing internationally acclaimed artist Carlos Rolon’s latest work in Singapore back on the 20th of January 2015.
Presented within the marque’s Singapore showroom, courtesy of Pearl Lam Galleries, one of Asia’s eminent galleries in Singapore, Carlos Rolón’s showpiece ‘Untitled (Opulence)’ has been inspired by Rolls-Royce tradition of expert craftsmanship. You could see the influence in his showpiece where the shapes resembled the Spirit of Ecstasy, the lines inspired by the charismatic Parthenon Grill and lights by Starlight Headlining of a Rolls-Royce. The collaboration with Carlos Rolón began with the brand’s interest in its clientele’s passion for the contemporary arts. Rolls-Royce has had an excellent reputation of craftsmanship itself, and it is a wondrous journey to observe how this automotive industry could influence and amalgamate seamlessly with the art world, vice versa.
We were also given the opportunity to experience first-hand Rolls-Royce iconic motor cars, such as the Phantom, Ghost Series II and Wraith, the pinnacle of the automotive industry. These cars are pieces of art in their own ways. The Phantom is one beauty that takes expert craftsmen at least 460 hours to build. Every car is carefully handcrafted and usually bespoke, where the clientele will be able to choose from more than 44, 000 exterior color combinations to the type of wood to be used for the interior. Of course, one must not ignore the coach line that gives the car a new level of class. Rolls-Royce employs one craftsman – one man to do it all – to hand-draw the beauty with anomalous precision. One can only imagine how steady his hands are. While the Phantom is classically built to enhance the experience of mostly the passenger, the Ghost Series II is built to enhance both the experiences of the passenger and the driver. All cars have umbrellas installed and built into each side of the passenger doors, and hidden within the traditional design of these cars are advanced technologies that one would think only the Batmobile had.
“There is substance behind the brand.” Indeed.