Not long ago the French automaker decided to unveil a Kwid art car that has been painted according to the artistic expression of “Gesturism.” Now they also remembered they started early with colorful models – rekindling the days of the 1994 Twingo art car.
The Gesturism movement has been started by Sen Shombit, a French artist of Indian origin, describing it as a “creative celebration of the limitless gestures of all living beings, from birth to death.” He elaborated on his professional views for Renault India on the smallish Kwid for an exhibition called “Désordre” that will run until December 27th in Barbizon, near Paris. But we’re here to talk about the bespoke 1994 Twingo “Balarinji” driven by French journalist Jean Dulon during a road trip in Australia on an adventurous 25,000-km journey, which also included about 8,000 km of unsealed roads and tracks. The car – without its splashy colors back then – was the first ever 2WD model to reach Cape York Peninsula, the northernmost tip of Australia.
The paint was added after the trip was over by two well-known Australian artists which developed a unique Aboriginal artwork signed by John Moriatry, founder of the designer clothing company Balarinji, and also by Frank Lee, a popular airbrush artist. The car racked 250,000 km (155,342 miles) at the hands of Dulon and now resides at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, Renault calling it a “national treasure.”