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Racing legend gets creative

Greg Murphy and artist Otis Frizzell team up for ambitious artistic experiment.
Posted on 25 June, 2021
Racing legend gets creative

Four-time Bathurst winner Greg Murphy and artist Otis Frizzell have collaborated to create an enormous “live” artistic installation in an abandoned car park.

Frizzell sketched out a 120x60-metre abstract art piece and invited Murphy to race along his sketches in a Jaguar I-PACE.

The experiment was captured by long-lens photography to create the piece of art. The photo below shows the work in progress.

The concept is believed to be a world-first, and one of the largest and most ambitious creative interpretations of long-exposure photography.

It took place in a car park at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland from June 14-15 after months of planning, and required an expert health-and-safety crew to execute.

“Out of all of the creative projects I’ve been involved in, this one has to be the most bonkers,” says Frizzell.

“It was pretty touch and go as to whether it would even work. We were attempting something on a massive scale, but thankfully the performances of Greg and the photographers meant the experiment was a success.”

Murphy completed the task in the all-electric performance SUV to navigate the tricky sketch from Frizzell.

“I like to think I’m a pretty good driver,” says Murphy. “But this still took me hours of driving across two nights to get right.  

“Otis had a vision of the way the car needed to move, and was shouting in my ear pretty much non-stop about when to turn and brake.

“I was essentially flying blind around the dark car park, putting all of my faith into Otis’ vision. I’m proud of the results and can’t quite believe we managed to create it.”

Jaguar NZ’s general manager, Steve Kenchington, adds: “I had a bit of a chuckle when I thought of one of our most prominent artistic families collaborating with our greatest racing legend.

“But it simply reinforces the fact that art and performance working together delivers stunning results.”

The final art piece will eventually go through a limited-edition production run with no more than 10 printed originals available to the public. Anyone interested in buying one should send an enquiry to Jaguar NZ’s Instagram page.