Celebrated South African artists, Dr Esther Mahlangu, unveiled her collaboration with Rolls-Royce in creating the ‘Mahlangu’ Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Dr Mahlangu’s reimagined Ndebele designs have featured on traditional mediums such as canvas and houses but also on planes, cars, motorbikes, bicycles, skateboard decks and war helmets.
The ‘Mahlangu’ Phantom is the first of its kind, with the artist becoming the first South African to paint a commission for the luxury car company.
Each Phantom comes with a ‘Gallery’, a glass box in the dashboard that can be personalised to the owners’ specifications.
In the ‘Mahlangu’ the gallery includes blue and white custom artwork. In addition, the side panels on the outside of the car have smaller emblems also hand-painted by Mahlangu.
Dr Mahlangu’s work reflects the ethos of the founder of the esteemed company, Sir Henry Royce who said, “strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it doesn’t exist, design it.”
This is the second car Dr Mahlangu has customised, with her first being the BMW Artcar, a BMW 525i in 1999.
Image: Leila Stein