I love the new piece of art from Studio job! “The art Defender” is an Land Rover Defender with a horn protruding from its bonnet and a tongue hanging from its grille, all this transformation for its 65th anniversary. All the materials makes you go crazy with the details, from stained glass windows and bronze door panels it’s an eye-popping transformation from the iconic group.
This is not the first artistic intervention in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover , but I can honestly say that previous collaborations have seen subtle changes to upholstery and exterior styling, Studio Job has literally pulled the car (a 2012 Defender 90 Soft Top) apart and rebuilt it. Job Smeets gives an explanation to that abrupt change of the car ‘We didn’t want this to be a simple styling task – there are better people for that than us,’.
But with all that changes you must be wondering… is it drivable? Yeah!!! Jaguar Land Rover did set one condition to all this creativity: that the car should be ‘driveable’. But even this was a notion Studio Job took pretty loosely. It may be possible to maneuver the Art Defender, but it also might be challenge with all the art involving it… Functionality has never been a big concern for this most unusual of design studios.