The Art Basel show has a tendency to shine a light on undiscovered artists to give them a chance to become internationally recognized. Most recently, the Art Basel show was held in Hong Kong, featuring many sculptures and installations, one of which being the Beetle Sphere:  a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle compressed into a large, yellow ball.

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Courtesy of Ichwan Noor

This iconic car, known by every kid who’s ever had road-trip bruises up and down their arms, was balled up by Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor. Noor, a Jakarta based artist, is not unfamiliar working with automobiles. The Beetle Sphere displayed in the Mondecor Jakarta Gallery booth at Hong Kong is only one of a set of five compressed Volkswagen Beetles, which range from spherical to cubical.

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Courtesy of Ichwan Noor

These attention-grabbing orbs are 180cm3 and are a product of Noor’s personal perception towards objects of the “transportation culture.” Beetle Sphere sits precariously in its display due to its redefined shape; it was created out of junk parts from 1953 models of Volkswagen Beetles, combined with polyester and aluminum, and then painted and shined up to look hot-off-the-press.

Arch2o-Beetle Sphere-Ichwan Noor (1)

Courtesy of Ichwan Noor

This sculpture was sold almost instantly for $88,000, according to the Japan Times. Search for the Beetle Sphere on My Modern Met, This Is Colossal.com, Juxtapoz, Mashable, Twisted Sifter, and The Verge.com to see it for yourself!

By Veronica Mattaboni

Courtesy of Ichwan Noor

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