• Apr 2nd 2010 at 8:58AM
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Michael Vaughn artballs a Chevrolet Cruze – Click above to watch the video after the break

We've always been under the impression that the art world and the professional sports galaxy were somewhat mutually exclusive. You just don't see too many former players trying their hands at high art. Unless you've been paying attention to retired England cricket captain Michael Vaughan. The guy just can't seem to put down the bat, even though he's walked away from pro sports for good. Instead, he's a self-proclaimed artballer – slinging paint-soaked cricket balls at canvases over and over again until he sees what he wants. High art? Who are we to judge?

Fortunately, Vaughan doesn't seem to take himself too seriously, and he has teamed up with Chevrolet to create an artball Cruze. No, he didn't get to sling cricket balls at a real-live car. Bummer. Instead, the player-turned-artist used a stencil to create his largest work of art yet. Supposedly the feat took eight hours to create and soaked up a little more than five gallons of paint in the process. Sounds like fun to us. Vaughan's previous work has fetched over $30,000, which would probably make this the most expensive Cruze yet. Check out the high-res gallery below and click through to the jump for a video of Vaughan doing what he (now) does best.

[Source: General Motors]

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- Ex-England cricket captain creates unique car-art -

Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has today turned his hand to contemporary art by creating the world's biggest "artballing" painting – a 16 by five foot image of a Chevrolet Cruze car created by hitting and throwing paint-covered cricket balls against a blank canvas over 5,000 times.

Vaughan, 35, who led England to a historic Ashes victory in 2005, has been compared to artists Jackson Pollack and Damien Hirst due to the unique way he creates his art. An original "artballing" painting can fetch as much as £20,000 at art auctions with celebrities including Lily Allen and Piers Morgan counting themselves as fans.

Chevrolet, the value for money car-maker, commissioned the cricketing artist to create his biggest work yet of their new Chevrolet Cruze. The painting took eight hours to create with Vaughan calling on his cricketing expertise to accurately recreate the bodywork, tyres and alloys on canvas using five different coloured cricket balls and over 20 litres of paint.

Michael Vaughan comments:
"Creating art with cricket balls is completely different, modern and new. It changes the rules of art because it's instinctive and raw – covering a ball in paint and whacking or throwing it against canvas. A few of the other players initially took the mickey, but they are now "artballing" fans – and have had a go themselves."

Les Turton of Chevrolet comments:
"The new Chevrolet Cruze proves that style and substance can come together and is changing the rules for cars in its class, so what better person to paint a picture of our car than Michael Vaughan who is changing the rules in the world of art."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Where's the art? I just see a kindergarten paint with a tennis ball project.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nothing GM can do will make the Cruze an interesting car. It's boring, dull, and doesn't even look 'new'. It's a dated design which would have looked modern about 5 years ago. But now, even Hyundai's look more up-to-date.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats a badass car
        • 5 Years Ago
        "What is your source?"

        Source? Er ... common motor industry knowledge? Remember, Chevrolet itself isn't a company in the United States - it's merely a brand name owned by GM. GM-DAT developed the car using the Delta II platform developed at Opel by GM Europe for the Astra. GM-DAT itself is Korean, developed from the remnants of Daewoo, and a subsidiary of GM. The first market for the Cruze/Lacetti was its home market of South Korea in 2008; Australasia followed shortly afterwards and then it was launched in Europe towards the end of 2009. Mexico gets the UNECE spec version imported from Korea as Europe does, and again has already gone on sale there. The North American version will be built in the USA and launches there later this year.

        The Cruze primarily replaces the Lacetti/Nubira in global markets and is built at the same Asian locations. In North America, it replaces the Lacetti rebadged Optra and Forenza as well as the locally produced Cobalt.

        Doesn't everyone know this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wiggy: Do not question Bloke. Especially when you do not know what you are talking about, like in this case. This is a GMDAT product underpinned by a GME platform branded as a Chevrolet in some markets.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The Cruze was co-devloped by Chevrolet and Daewoo, according to this source:"

        The platform is the Delta II which was developed and engineered by GM Europe in Germany. The rest of the car was developed by GM-DAT in Korea. It replaces the old Lacetti/Nubira (badge engineered as Chevrolets and Suzukis in North America) worldwide, as well as the North America-specific Cobalt. To all intents and purposes it's a Korean product.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Any source which supports your claims. Wiki is sometimes accurate and sometimes not. I do not claim my source material to be totally accurate I simply said "according to this source". I certainly would not use YOU or any other commenter on autoblog as a source. Your last comment seems much more clear and credible, however you still haven't sourced it so you have not supported it."

        I'm curious as to your car industry knowledge ... what aspect(s) are you questioning exactly?

        • 5 Years Ago
        The Cruze is a rather nice machine ... the Koreans have come a very long way in recent years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uhmmm, Damn waste of money!!! This is why the stupid americans FAIL!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "stupid americans"

        I'm not American, but you are very much an ignorant fool. Where are you from and where are you currently residing?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Vaughn was the captain for the England cricket team. Agreed, American manufacturers have done the stupidest things, but this isnt one of them.
        Vaughn is a famous personality, and as such, associating him with a car in any way is good publicity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Michael Vaughan sucked as a English team captain ... I don't think he is popular in UK.
        • 5 Years Ago
        then why did they make him a captian?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone understand the hype behind this car? I just can't see it being much more successful than the Cobalt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In the States, it'll be offered with the option of the new 1.4 litre turbo as offered in the Opel Astra. That should enable it to average 40mpg (US). Whatsmore, it's far more substantial in terms of materials quality than the Cobalt. If that's "hype" then so be it, but in my book it makes it infinitely more appealing than the lacklustre Cobalt.
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