One of the last steps in Chevrolet’s celebration of its centenary is the installation of a contemporary sculpture of the brand’s co-founder, as well as race car driver and engineer, Louis Chevrolet in his home town of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland.
Production of the steel statue commenced October of 2012, and involved casting and welding 71 pieces of stainless steel in a specialized foundry, resulting in a ten-ton, five-meter-tall inverted portrait of Louis Chevrolet, that has been hand-polished to produce the desired ultra-smooth and shiny surface.
With production of the abstract sculpture, which will become Switzerland’s largest steel bust, was recently completed, and the article left Taipei on Tuesday (August 6th) aboard the “Ital Contessa”, headed for the Dutch port of Rotterdam. From there, the bust will continue its journey through Europe to its final destination in Switzerland, the watch-making center of La Chaux-de-Fonds — where Louis Chevrolet was born.
“While Louis Chevrolet crossed the Atlantic to realize his dream, this sculpture in his honor will undertake a similarly epic journey”, said Christian Gonzenbach, the Geneva-based artist responsible for the statue’s creation. “We look forward to welcoming it in Europe in a few weeks from now.”
The inauguration of the bust will take place in UNESCO world heritage site, Swiss watchmaking center, and Mr. Chevrolet’s home city La Chaux-de-Fonds in early October, with the statue to be located in the city’s centrally-located Parc de l’Ouest. La town also happens to be the home town of nineteenth century novelist Blaise Cendrars, and renowned architect and designer Le Corbusier.