Daniel Arsham has combined his fascination with archeology and motors for a new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA 

At first glance, it would appear that some of the most iconic and sought-after cars in modern history have been left to rot or set upon with a sledge hammer. But put the pitchforks down, for no cars were harmed in the making of the art on show; this is the work of Daniel Arsham, an artist who has taken his interest in archeology and applied it to like-for-like sculptures that were carefully put together and “eroded” for the exhibit.

Indeed, closer inspection reveals that the innards of cars like the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster somehow consist of rare elements like selenite, quartz and volcanic ash, visible not only through exposed body panels but also the interior and seats. Arsham also put together a series of posters for the exhibition which are similarly decayed, almost as if they have survived a fall of society.

Arsham’s signature eroded style carries over wonderfully to the cars in question. We are told that Arsham will not be taking interviews at this time, so background on the project is scarce. However, these image galleries (with photo credits included) showcase the fascinating project which is on show now at the Petersen Automotive Museum.