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Ford Motor Company celebrates Mustang’s influence on pop culture and its official entry into global markets with a one-of-a-kind art collaboration with the Burton Morris Studios featuring the popular Mustang pony emblem.
Through the Mustang Unites program, renowned pop artist Burton Morris will hand paint and sculpt a series of 10 unique Mustang pony emblems. Each art piece will be emblazoned with the flag of one of 10 countries and will feature Morris’ signature stylistic, energetic pop art.
“No matter where you are in the world, the Mustang pony is one of the most recognizable emblems,” says Elizabeth McKelvey, licensing marketing manager, Ford Global Brand Licensing. “As we celebrate 50 years of Mustang as an iconic sports car, we are marking the milestone with a creative art collaboration representing its debut in international markets.”
Each piece in the collection will feature the flag of one of 10 countries where Mustang is or will be sold: the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
Transforming icons into pop art
Morris is best known for his bold, graphic pop art depictions of various modern icons. His subject matter includes everyday objects that portray popular culture, including his signature coffee cup with a steam plume from the hit television show “Friends,” and global sports events like the FIFA World Cup. His distinctive style is characterized by radiant black outlines and vivid colors that emit energy in all of his artwork, much of which can be viewed on his website at www.BurtonMorris.com.
“As Ford Mustang celebrates 50 years, it has become a symbol of pop culture with the pony being one of the most recognizable icons worldwide,” says Morris. “I am thrilled to have my paintings be a part of Mustang Unites and celebrate Mustang around the world.”
In addition to the original sculptures, the Mustang Unites collection will include limited-edition paper and aluminum prints and posters. The collection will be available globally starting Sept. 17 at www.MustangUnites.com.
“In partnering with Burton Morris, we hope to bring together Mustang, art and pop culture in a very unique way, and capture the spirit and emotion of the iconic pony car that connects owners, fans and enthusiasts from around the world,” says McKelvey.
A global pop culture icon
Mustang’s impact goes well beyond the more than 9.2 million cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with close to 8 million likes.
The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford’s global vehicle lineup will allow the iconic pony car to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.
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