Artistic celebrations to mark 60th anniversary of iconic Mini

The Mini is arguably the most iconic British car ever made. The original Mini ranked fourth in poll of British design icons organised by the BBC and the Design Museum and has had starring roles in movies like The Italian Job and at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

To mark the 60th anniversary of its launch in 1959, The MINI 60 Year Edition has been unveiled. The MINI 60 Year Edition is an exclusive design model, available in both 3-door and 5-door configurations and with four engine variants from which to choose.

The Mini is also the inspiration for a new series of arresting pop art-style artworks launched by world-leading art agency, Thomas Crown Art (TCA). According to Stephen Howes, international art dealer at TCA, "[The Mini] was meant to be practical and efficient. But with its unconventional looks, its daring-to-be-different charm, its personality, and its design, the Mini was cool from the very beginning. Its place as a true, mould-breaking British icon was cemented in the epicentre of Great Britain in the Swinging Sixties and has been galvanised in the 21st century’s Cool Britannia movement.”

Gary O'Neil, the artist behind the design added that “Like a lot of people, I’m quite nostalgic about the Mini. My parents owned several, and I had one for my first car. More recently, I bought myself a “Cooper S” which I love to drive.

“We thought it would be great to recognise the Mini’s 60th birthday by producing some artwork. I decided to enhance the paintings using old tax discs, and to emulate the dominant style in art from the period. I think the result of painting the iconic Mini in the pop art style works really well.”

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