DODGE CHALLENGER SRT
HAND ENGRAVED STEERING WHEEL
DARK AND GLOOMY INTERIOR
An idea is the beginning of all stories. It derives from thoughts that penetrate the depths of the human mind through the five senses. Our imagination is their greatest creation. Thanks to it, we dream, shape our future, and create visions that we then materialise with the everyday objects we use.
One of the greatest phenomena of the world is the creation of works of art that are the results of close cooperation of special people who are different, yet represent common values, resulting from individual experience and outlook on life. This time the artistic basis for creative work was the interior of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Its modification was a big challenge due to the limited space and the complex form it has, as well as the fact that a car’s interior, apart from its aesthetic values, needs to be functional.
The person who began materialising ideas in this project was Konrad Łabędź. The artist took inspiration from Hans Rudolf Giger's surrealistic, diabolical and dark vision of reality. The design of the car, full of majestic elegance and mysteriousness combined with the car's impressive mechanics, made the designer decide the interior had to involve the element of medieval magic alchemy.
Artur Wochniak, a distinguished and famous artist, undertook to make a sculpture. The interior of the vehicle for which the sculpture was supposed to be created, was unknown, inspiring, and at the same time difficult for the artist.
As the entire project was pioneering, Wochniak changed sculpturing materials and tools, following his intuition and discovering new solutions and possibilities. Transforming a plain, two-dimensional design into a spatial form was a big challenge. The niches of the door panels have been transferred into a skeletal composition. The final stage of door panel works was searing that created the effect of a burnt structure, reflecting the diabolical character of the car.
Wood and sculpture are the essence of the entire project and, at the same time, the point of departure. The story of the wood sourcing is particularly interesting: the wood, naturally seasoned by alpine wind, for many days was rolled down a steep, wooded slope by a group of people, before it could be further processed.
The project owes its alluring beauty to the artists of the Carlex Design jewellery atelier: Michał Baran and Dariusz Pisula. The element of the project that is another truly amazing masterpiece is the steering wheel which was cast of solid silver on the basis of the sculpture by Wochniak. Next, it was handed over to the jewellers for precise retouching and patinating. Its shape alludes to an organic structure, perfectly completes the rest of the car’s interior, and is an outstanding jewellery element.
The gear shift knob was plated with silver, and the part on which the numbers of gears are placed, was made of resin and finished with silver and leather. The story of creation ends with the final finish of the car upholstery elements made of rare exotic leathers. The team of Witold Kopciuch, master of styling, is responsible for all the works concerning leather processing, applying on complex interior elements and sewing.