A bust of Ayrton Senna appeared in the Vatican MuseumApril 19, 2019
On Wednesday, Pope Francis received a bronze bust of Ayrton Senna and his helmet. The sculpture was created by the niece of Brazilian racer Paula Senna Lally, commissioned by her grandmother, mother Ayrton Neyda da Silva. Paula began work in 2016 – then the bust was made in clay, and then cast in bronze.
“I am proud that my grandmother asked me to make this sculpture – she wanted to show how warmly we remember Ayrton,” Paula wrote on her Facebook page. “I agreed, although I knew that it was a difficult task, because very few such works of art get approval in our family, and even less — my grandmother Neide.”
In memory of the religiousness of Ayrton Senna, the family decided to donate this work to the Pope. The author was unable to attend the ceremony in the Vatican – the sculpture was handed over by her sister, the director of the Ayrton Senna Institute Bianca Senna Lally.
Bianca Senna Lally: “An interesting day. It is an honor for us to come to the Vatican and meet with the Pope during Easter week to give him a job so dear to my sister. Pope Francis thanked for the sculpture – he liked it.
The sermon dealt with the fact that in difficult moments you can rely on faith in God, and this reminded me of Ayrton, because he always did that. In addition, I would like to thank our family friend Claudio Giovanni, who helped us in organizing such a unique event. ”
Now a bronze bust of Ayrton Senna is stored in the Vatican Museum.
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