One of Bristol’s most exciting emerging artists has created a limited-edition print to welcome the launch of the city’s first community car sharing platform.
Karshare – which recently launched in the city – is fuelling the sharing economy by enabling Bristol car owners to share their vehicles to make extra income each month.
To acknowledge the launch, Marta Zubieta, who is best known for her murals across the city and work for Upfest Bristol, Glastonbury Festival, Visit Bristol and more, has combined her 90s cartoon, sci-fi and pop surrealist style to create the exclusive print. The artwork will be provided as a window sticker for all Karshare members to proudly display in their car as a way of welcoming them to the service.
The limited edition piece features a car with cartoon-themed people that represent the community of Bristol including a mother and child, a young professional, youth and even a family cat, in Marta’s iconic, bold style.
Spanish-born Zubieta said: “I wanted to capture the sense of adventure, community and freedom a car brings through the design – from using a car for the weekly food shop to exploring the local area with your family on the weekend. Car sharing is great for the community and the environment so I was pleased to take part. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for them in cars across the city.”
Andy Hibbert, founder of Karshare, said: “When we launched Karshare in Bristol we knew we wanted to create something visually stunning that could be put in all our members’ cars to show they were all part of the Karshare community. We’re delighted to team up with Marta whose style and flair has led to us having a truly unique sticker that we’re proud to call ours.
“Karshare is all about community which, given the recent events of 2020, seems more important than ever. Our car sharing platform enables car owners in Bristol make some extra money each month with the opportunity to rent their car out when they aren’t using it, and enables those who don’t own a car to hire one affordably.”
A recent survey conducted by Karshare revealed that over half (52%) of households in Bristol had seen their income decrease due to the pandemic and a third (32%) are considering renting out things they own in order to make additional income.