On some level you may already be offended. You donâ€™t need to be a total petrolhead to find the addition toÂ this prestigious bonnet to be something of a defacement.
Letâ€™s be honest, it lacks the easy romance of the flying womanÂ usually found on the prow of a Rolls: The Spirit of Ecstasy by Charles Robinson Sykes.
Sometimes called Emily, this stainless steel form (with 24-carat gold plating optional) has a really great backstory: a clandestine love affair and a disaster at sea are both involved.
Austrian sculptor West has pretty much dumpedÂ on that. He made six of these turd-like accessories for the luxury car market: one for every day of the working week.
Irony alert: if you are a Rolls Royce customer you probably donâ€™t need to pull a full weekâ€™s shift. And yet, this work feels only indirectly political. It is too playful for that.
Whatâ€™s more, given that it is one of the Austrian artistâ€™s adaptive pieces, we can perhaps only graspÂ the work by getting behind the wheel joining in with the consumption of luxury.
But it should be noted the car belongs to Norwegian collector Erling Kagge; it is unlikely he lets just anyone test drive one of the jewels of his personal collection.
In his book about buying art, Kagge relates how, when he bought this piece, he was surprised to find the car thrown in with the deal. It was itemised merely as a plinth.
But a weird thing happens when the three dimensional graffiti above the grilleÂ throws the viewer’s attention back onto the aesthetics of said plinth, four wheels and all.
Good taste can take a holiday. West onceÂ called his adaptives, â€œa potential attempt to give form to neurotic symptoms (according to Freud the foundation of culture)â€.
We think we know what neurosis leads to the acquisition of a big, powerful car. Letâ€™s just say that the pictured adaptive is the least phallic in the range.
The rest come in a range of colours, including flesh, and cruisingÂ round town with yourÂ insecurities in full view, rather than simply yourÂ wealth, must be quite therapeutic.
Westâ€™s piece can be seen in Love Story: Works from Erling Kaggeâ€™s Collection, at the Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art in Olso, until 27 September 2015.