The Petersen Automotive Museum is taking customizing to a whole new level in celebration of its 20th anniversary in 2014 by transforming its exterior into a unique art form “evoking the imagery of speed and organic curves of a coach-built automobile.” Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the “concept” car exhibition facility will have stainless steel ribbons wrapped over three sides and the top of the deep red building illuminating from within. In addition, they will add 15,000 more square feet of display area to accommodate a “new redefined and upgraded permanent collection and an expansion of rotating displays, galleries, technology and story-telling,” explained Peter Mullin, chairman for the museum.
“As we approach the Petersen Automotive Museum’s 20th anniversary, our goal is to design and build an exterior as stunning as the vehicles and displays housed inside,” he stated. “Our plan is to work with the best and brightest minds in architecture, automotive history and interactive design to give the people of Los Angeles and the world a place where they can be immersed in the culture, sights and sounds of the greatest vehicles ever built.”
In the meantime, Mullin is inviting the public to view their latest exhibits including, Pickups: The Art of Utility. The show, which will run through April 6, 2014, illustrates how the vehicles have been transformed from functional workhorses to from the 1909 InternationalHarvester to the 2002 Isuzu Axiom XSR, the Museum will begin to transform I
In addition to the Harvester, visitors will be able to view a 1932 Ford B pickup, 1934 Hudson Terraplane pickup, 1938 American Bantam, 1941 Studebaker Coupe Delivery, 1941 Chevrolet ½ Ton, 1942 Crosley, 1948 GMC, 1952 Ford (Marmon-Harrington-4-Wheel Drive), 1953 Dodge Swivel Frame, 1956 Powell, 1958 Ford Ranchero, 1958 Jeep, 1959 Datsun, 1968 Volkswagen, 1968 pro-touring Chevrolet C-10, 1980 Dodge Little Red Express, and 2000 Ford Ranger EV, etc.
The Petersen Museum is open Tues.-Sun. 10am-6pm. To learn more contact them at 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 323 930-3277.