The "Transmission LA" was sponsored by none other than Mercedes-Benz. Silva claims that when he asked to speak with a Mercedes representative, he was denied after being told, "they are pissed." Silva has a history of using automotive imagery in his art, including Mercedes-Benz wheels. Not anymore, he says. The artist says the experience won't so much change his art as "my opinion of the materials I work with."
*UPDATE: Mercedes-Benz has informed us it was a third-party, not the automaker itself that interfered with Silva's work. The company says the unnamed party did not have the authority to ask the artist to remove his piece, nor did he speak directly with Mercedes-Benz during the show.