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Nissan Cube ice sculpture – Click above for high-res image gallery

With such a strong focus on design, we knew it wouldn't be long before the Nissan Cube was transformed into some sort of life-size art project. And that's exactly what legendary celebrity tattoo artist Henry Hate has done, creating an ice sculpture that encompasses the edgy design of Nissan's econobox with tattoo art.

Not only is this Hate's first sculpture, it is the first sort of "ice tattoo." Normally, ice is chiseled and carved to stand alone as a unique sculpture, but in this case, elements of tattoo design have been carved into the large ice blocks that enclose the Cube. Colorful lighting has been placed around the base of the car as well, giving it a glowing effect that looks pretty darn cool at night.

The Cube ice sculpture is currently on display in London's South Bank, on display for the public until the warm weather melts the ice away. Can't make the trip to see it in person? Check out our gallery of high-res shots below, and click through the jump to read Nissan UK's official (short) press release.

[Source: Nissan]
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Today, controversial tattoo artist Henry Hate unveiled his first ever sculpture and the world's first ice tattoo in a creative partnership for the launch of Nissan Cube.

Celebrity inker Henry Hate, has worked with Amy Winehouse, Alexander McQueen, Pete Doherty, Comedian David Cross and Paul Thompson of Franz Ferdinand.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is it everytime I see a Cube I start singing the theme song to the Flintstones to myself?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did it have a good day?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can I make a request? Can we have this guy do this to the REST of these cars? You know, so we don't have to see them on the roads anymore?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i love my cube. i've had it for 9 months now. it's definitely a conversation starter and i get lots of stares in it. lots of people do not like it the first time they see it, but they eventually grow to like it, saying mostly it's cute. it's GREAT on gas mileage, offers a very smooth ride, and has lots of interesting little things about it. but, everyone is entitled to their OWN opinion...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't go so far as to say the car is ugly, it's just different, very different. Much like the Chris Banglr styled BMW's (the last generation of Bimmers for the non gear heads), at first they seemed hideous compared to the crisp cut lines of the 7-series that came before them, but with time the look sank in and a surprising amount of beauty was found in their design. I think it'll be the same with the Cube, though I think a Nismo version would help a lot. Four wheel drive, a turboed version of its four banger or a VQ series 6-cylinder, a good 6-speed stick, slightly lowered stance, better tires and a mild exhaust and that thing would be one attractive little package.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I didn't realize the Cube was a "favorite" of anyone. Too bad you can still see the ugly monstrosity behind that wall of ice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hate the wrap around on one side missing a c pillar look. The rest is just dorky. And the boxy crown goes to Scion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think it's that bad looking. Granted it's not a svelte beauty, but it's certainly not offensive to look at as, for example, an Aztek, Porsche Cayenne, Panamera, any Ssanyong, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car itself is an design icon, sculpted form which is rare in today's automotive world.

      A tattoo guy, sorry, I can't bring myself to use "artist" next to "tattoo", puts it into a giant ice cube. And that's supposed to be an art form? I don't think so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The car itself is an design icon"

        Unique design, somewhat. Design Icon, no.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is it everytime I see a Cube I start singing the theme song to the Flintstones to myself?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't imagine how this could happen in the midst of "global warming." AND, if they found a way to do it, why would they do that...we need to preserve our cold....
      Give me a break....that is no stupider than putting a car in an ice cube.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would have been even more awesome if they got rapper "Ice Cube" to appear at the event...
      Kenneth Creedon
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Soul looks better. This looks like Ikea's answer to the Tata Nano at a Nordstrom Price.
      • 5 Years Ago
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