A moving masterpiece: artist Nelson Makamo and his one-off Porsche 911 Carrera
The striking work of visual artist Nelson Makamo has featured on the cover of TIME Magazine – under the heading ‘The art of optimism – 34 people who are changing how we see the world’ – and has been snapped up by celebrities and collectors the world over.
Growing up in the 1980s in rural Modimolle, in South Africa’s Limpopo province, a young Makamo fantasised that he would one day hold the keys to his own Porsche 911.
At his Johannesburg studio, he hand-painted a number of his 911’s components and panels before returning them to the team at Porsche Centre Johannesburg for a final layer of lacquer and fitting. These elements included the rear bumper, front seat mouldings, door panel inserts and handles, dash panel inserts, the parking brake console and side mirror covers. He picked the left side door panel insert to feature the inscription ‘Mma’ – three letters that mean ‘mother’ in Makamo’s native language of Sepedi.
Makamo says the project, which he has called ‘My Life in Motion’, is not just a representation of his success, but also a nod to the various people he has encountered along the way.
Toby Venter, CEO of Porsche South Africa, says the project has provided great motivation: Working with Nelson Makamo has been inspirational and this commission is on a level we’ve never seen before. This is a truly bespoke art installation worthy of any gallery. It also illustrates the lengths Porsche South Africa will go to and the creativity and flexibility of our team to accommodate a request as personal as this.
Aug 25, 2021 at 12:17