January 11, 2019 2 min read

Bronze Statue

Today the artist Paul Oz has unveiled the bronze statue commemorating 25th anniversary of Ayrton Senna death at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham.

160 Kg in weight, the effigy portrays Ayrton Senna standing on his lower back as he sat in the McLaren during the mighty Raidillon: the most famous corner in F1 with gradient of 17%, forcing pilots to tighten the muscle of the back.

The posture and the subject are symbolic and entangled to the Brazilian driver's life. Senna once said 'If you take away Eau Rouge, you take away the reason why I do this’. The racing car took away Ayrton Senna's life, the artist takes away the car.

The process is as interesting as well as innovating.

Paul Oz put dressed up as Ayrton Senna, putting on memorabilia like Senna's official helmet and he poses to have photos from different angles for developing the mold later on.

The statue were realized in the same foundry where Damien Hirst made 'Treasures of the wreck of the unbelievable'. The artist also added some vertical scratch to the visor to make a reflection effect.

Paul Oz defines himself as 'explosive artist' and the opera perfectly capture all the dynamism and the physical effort of Ayrton Senna with the left foot slightly inclined, accelerating to take the slope after the curve at full-speed.

The final effect is a wonderful synthesis between the tradition of the ode to victorious athletes, like the Discobolus of Myron to cite one, and the concentration of dnamism and pathos, expressed in a single moment.

 

Read also: Damien Hirst collaboration with Swatch to celebrate Mikey Mouse 90th Birthday


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in WatchObsession Blog

Your fixed bar watch has a new favourite strap... The Rios1931 Arizona
Your fixed bar watch has a new favourite strap... The Rios1931 Arizona

July 10, 2020 2 min read

Another great new addition to the WatchObsession Rios1931 collection of straps and a new attachment method for fixed bar watches.
Read More
New stitching options for key Hirsch Kansas colours
New stitching options for key Hirsch Kansas colours

July 02, 2020 1 min read

The Hirsch Kansas inherits some stitching colour combinations from the now discontinued Hirsch Jumper.
Read More
New Premium Nato straps to sink your teeth into
New Premium Nato straps to sink your teeth into

June 25, 2020 1 min read

Four new colours from our range of Premium Nato Straps with a choice of hardware.
Read More

Subscribe