Monday, 31 March 2014

Crafty Mercedes-Benz car

To celebrate the new W205 C-Class, six craftsmen from the Eastern Cape created a life-sized replica from wire and beads. In December last year, the world’s first life-sized wire-and-bead car was unveiled at the bustling 603 600m2East London production facility at an event titled 'Out of Africa, For The World'.   

Initially 24 local craftsmen were invited to submit miniature replicas of the luxurious new car – which were then shown to Mercedes-Benz workers who voted for their favourites.   

The six chosen artists – Teddy Mutasa, Khayalethu Nqono (from Keiskamma Trust), Eddie Jange (from Keiskamma Trust), Johnson Sithole, Busana Sibanda and Mzoxolo Makalima  – then became an integral part of the Mercedes-Benz family. Every day for a month, the six clocked in like everyone else and worked tirelessly on the ambitious craft project.  

 "I was excited from the beginning of this initiative," says team leaser Mzoxolo. "It was a challenging experience." The talented bead worker adds that building the model made him think about his childhood. "I used to make wire cars just to play with them, but now there stands before me a resounding success and I am proud."   In total the car took 232 hours, 11km of wire and 3 million beads to create – and just like the real W205 C-Class, it’s a stunning work of art.   

 *Production on the W205 C-Class has already started in earnest at the Eastern Cape Mercedes-Benz plant. The luxury vehicles will be exported to Europe, Australia, Japan and other Asian markets.

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