Toronto, Ontario – A painting by blind Turkish artist Esref Armagan of the next-generation Volvo S60 will be auctioned on eBay, with proceeds donated to the Canadian-based World Blind Union.
The all-new S60 will be launched in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show, but in October 2009, Armagan was offered an exclusive preview at Volvo Cars’ global headquarters in Sweden. Using his hands as sensors, Armagan felt his way around the car to understand its form, and then painted the vehicle with his fingers dipped in paint. The resulting documentary, Volvo S60 Blind Preview, can be seen on YouTube or through Facebook.
The auction will take place on eBay Canada, but can be accessed globally. The auction starts on December 7 and will end on December 17. The proceeds will benefit the World Blind Union, a registered Canadian charity that is non-political, non-religious, non-governmental and non-profit, and represents over 160 million blind and partially-sighted persons in 177 member countries. To access the auction, visit eBay Canada.