MINI re-envisions the Cooper hatchback as an EV

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MINI is adding an exciting new car to its lineup sometime during 2019 – and it’s totally electric . The MINI Electric Concept offers a futuristic interpretation of the MINI Cooper hatchback with a slew of special details, including unique wheels, a new hexagonal grille and restyled lighting. The MINI Electric Concept will have its official debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, where the company will test the public’s reception to a new electrified MINI. It’s been nearly 10 years since MINI released the MINI E electric car in 2018, which was the first fully electric car from the BMW Group. Related: Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV MINI’s next electric car will reach beyond the potential of the MINI E. For starters, its electric motor won’t have the same cooling needs as a traditional gas-powered car, so the grille and air intakes have been closed off to improve airflow. And the headlights have a new LED design. As you move to the back, the MINI Electric Concept’s taillights each form one half of the Union Jack as an LED dot matrix. “The MINI Electric Concept is a quintessential MINI – compact, agile, simply the ideal companion for everyday driving. At the same time, it conveys a whole new take on the concept of sportiness,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. + MINI Images @MINI

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Massive ‘plastic monster’ art installation engulfs museum visitors

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Some artists prefer to work with top-of-the-line elements, but Taiwanese artist Shih Chieh Huang can do wonders with a ubiquitous dollar store material like painter’s plastic. The artist just unveiled a massive “plastic monster” that wraps around the Worcester Art Museum ‘s Roman Renaissance Court, engulfing visitors in an inflated labyrinth of human-like entrails. The volumnous art installation is entirely made out of a simple roll of painter’s plastic. Using a box fan, Huang breathes life to the pneumatic sculpture, which has a distinctive likeness similar to that of human intestines, “When you see the air trying to squeeze through, it makes you think of the lower intestine,” Huang told Hyper Allergic . “It’s almost like there’s food in there and it’s trying to get it out through the ends.” Related: PlasticWaste Labyrinth is a stunning look inside our plastic waste problem Photograph by Christopher Snow Hopkins for Hyperallergic The installation is the latest piece in Huang’s “Organic Concept,” series where he brings uses a variety of cheap materials to create life-like sculptures. In addition to the inflated sculpture, the artist’s bioluminescent kinetic sculptures are also on display in the museum. Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang is a series of glowing marine cyborgs that Huang has created using Tupperware, LED automotive headlights, polyethylene terephthalate bottles, and various everyday materials. The exhibition will be on display at the Worcester Art Museum through November 12. + Shih Chieh Huang + Worcester Art Museum Via Hyper Allergic Photography by Kim Noonan via Worcester Art Museum

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