The moment of passing the Senna highway in Spa was immortalized in bronze

The moment of passing the Senna highway in Spa was immortalized in bronze

January 11, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

British portraitist and sculptor Paul Oz cast an unusual statue of Ayrton Senna

British portraitist and sculptor Paul Oz made a statue of Ayrton Senna, in which the legendary Brazilian racer was captured while passing the “O Rouge” (or “Red Water”) turn on the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The sculpture is cast in bronze and weighs 160 kilograms, and the figure of a three-time Formula One champion is made in full size.

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Paul Oz chose Senna’s posture for sculpture after he read the rider’s quotation: “If you remove O Rouge, you will remove the reason why I’m doing this.”

Creating three identical statues took 12 months, during which they worked out the details using historical photographs and 3D modeling. Sculptures made to the 25th anniversary of the death of Senna.

One of them will be installed in the office of the Brazilian charitable organization Instituto Ayrton Senna, the second – next to the championship race cars in the McLaren technology center. Third put up for sale. Its price – 199 thousand pounds. Ten percent of this amount will be given to Instituto Ayrton Senna, which is headed by sister Ayrton Viviana.

Ayrton Senna – one of the best racers in the history of Formula 1. For ten years of playing for the teams Lotus, McLaren and Williams, the Brazilian won 41 races and won 65 pole positions, three times became the world champion. Senna died in 1994 during the San Marino Grand Prix, when his car fell off the track at the Tamburello and crashed into a concrete fence at a speed of 218 kilometers per hour.