MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY UNVEILS NEW EXHIBIT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NASCAR FEATURING NEXT GEN CAR SPECIALLY PAINTED BY LOCAL ARTIST GROUP
Next Gen Stock Car-Turned-Mural Will Welcome Guests in the Museum’s Entry Hall
WHAT: Following the inaugural 2023 NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend, the Museum of Science and Industry unveiled a new exhibit this week in partnership with NASCAR featuring a one-of-a-kind Next Gen stock car transformed into a captivating mural by local artists. Designed and applied by artists from Paint the City, the car’s artwork features iconic elements from Chicago’s visual landscape and celebrates the long legacy of auto racing in the city. The exhibit is now viewable in the Museum’s Entry Hall and free for the public.
The mural, painted prominently on the sides, hood, and back of the car, consists of intricate details and dynamic colors that blend to capture the essence of Chicago’s vibrant culture and diverse community. It was hand-painted throughout the weekend of the NASCAR Chicago Street Race and was completed during the renowned Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago’s South Side on Aug. 12.
In addition to the car’s artwork, the exhibit explores the unique build of the Next Gen race car, which was developed by NASCAR in collaboration with the brightest engineering minds in racing. The design of the car has given drivers greater control while putting an emphasis on race strategies, team personnel and setups.
DETAILS: Earlier this week, the Museum of Science and Industry’s team maneuvered the engine-less stock car into the Museum by carefully steering it down several levels of MSI’s garage. The team manually pushed it into its new home in the Museum’s Entry Hall, where it is now viewable to MSI visitors and the public.