20.6.2012 Skoda builds 'Citihenge' for the solstice
Skoda has installed a unique replica of Wiltshire's iconic Stonehenge – made entirely from recycled car parts – on London's Southbank.
The sculpture, which has been unveiled in time for the evening of the Summer Solstice (20th June) is expected to become one of the key talking points in the capital this summer.
With the new car as its centrepiece, the piece of automotive art dubbed 'Citihenge' by the makers, was specially commissioned to celebrate the launch of the Skoda Citigo. The giant build will be in position on the Southbank on 19th and 20th June.
Citihenge, led by sculptor Tommy Gun, took a design team three months to create. The ambitious piece of art, built using 18 scrap cars, stands at over five metres tall. Each henge is five metres wide and the commanding structure weighs a remarkable 36 tonnes.
The structure has also been engineered to withstand force 12 hurricane winds. The accumulative mileage of the cars used in the structure is 1.9 million, and the entire structure is 100% recyclable, and was build in situ in less than 12 hours.
The beacon of economical motoring will remain at Potters Fields for two days before touring the UK, with a move to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and its celebration of car culture, in West Sussex from 28th June until 1st July.
Pietro Panarisi, SKODA spokesperson says: "The Citigo embodies the future of driving and is the smartest option for forward-thinking city drivers. While traditional cars struggle to perform well under the strain of city driving, the Citigo is designed to excel in the urban environment. Citihenge symbolises the beginning of a new era of motoring and we hope drivers across the country will recognise this important turning point."
Tommy Gun, sculptor says: "The Citihenge project has been the most amazing challenge. Stonehenge is a huge, iconic structure and the Citihenge replica is too. It is made entirely from old car parts, which taps into my own childhood growing up on a farm where I used to love building and creating things with pieces of discarded machinery."
The Skoda Citigo has two siblings, one with a Volkswagen badge and one with a Seat badge – all essentially the same car. All three are important new city cars, which have been designed especially for urban driving. The cars are small, but interior space has been maximised and is ample for four adults, even on longer journeys.
The most frugal in the range is the 1.0 petrol with 60 PS and start-stop technology. It’s emissions of just 95 g/km mean that combined fuel economy is 69 mpg – translating to free annual road tax and congestion charge exemption. It has been given a Next Green Car Rating of 28.
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