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Mullin Museum Unveils "Lady of the Lake" Inspired Artwork

The Mullin Automotive Museum has unveiled a collage by artist and car enthusiast Heidi Mraz. Entitled “Beneath the Surface: Bugatti of Lake Maggiore,” the art piece is inspired by the Mullin Collection’s 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster. The Bugatti was nicknamed “Lady of the Lake” due to spending nearly 75 years submerged beneath the waters of Italy's Lake Maggiore.

Mraz, based in Great Falls, Virginia, began work on “Beneath the Surface: Bugatti of Lake Maggiore” over a year ago by researching and gathering ephemera about the car. The piece is compiled of more than 1,500 curated and hand-cut elements, each relating to the car it represents. Mraz painted the canvas background with water-soluble inks, took it to Lake Maggiore and submerged it to let the water wash away part of the painting. The full story of the journey will be featured in Mraz’s upcoming documentary, “Automotive Artifacts.”

“The tale of the ‘Lady of the Lake’ tugs at the heartstrings of anyone who hears it,” said Mullin Automotive Museum Founder and CEO Peter Mullin. “The vehicle is a prime example of painstakingly crafted artwork created by Ettore Bugatti and finished by the likes of Mother Nature. Heidi Mraz interpreted the incredible story, made it her own and turned it into an impressive piece of art which is displayed proudly in the museum.”

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