Monument to Ayrton Senna erected at McLaren baseFebruary 5, 2019
Those who have been to the McLaren Technology Center in Woking know that the spacious and very bright foyer of this building, designed by the famous British architect Norman Foster, is most reminiscent of the museum of racing glory.
This space was originally conceived as a kind of venue where cars of previous years will be exhibited, other sports relics and even works of modern art, not necessarily thematically related to motor racing. But today there appeared a unique art object, which with good reason, although temporarily, will take its place in the “Boulevard”, as McLaren calls it the foyer.
A bronze monument to Ayrton Senna, created by sculptor Paul Oz, has been delivered to Woking. Here is what the author tells about his work: “I create paintings and sculptures dedicated to the heroes of Formula 1. I spent the previous 8 months working on a bronze monument to Ayrton Senna – his figure is cast in full size and weighs 160 kg.
It is a great honor for me to bring this sculpture here, to this impressive place. The project is unique in that I tried to reproduce the dynamics of Formula 1 and took as a basis for the movement of the rider in the turn of Eau Rouge, where the track twists left, then right and goes on the rise.
I tried to convey the energy of this movement in bronze – I think I did it. The reaction to the sculpture in the past few weeks has been incredible. ”
The monument is really interesting, and where else to exhibit it, if not on the basis of McLaren, because Senna, speaking for this team, won all three titles and scored 35 victories. True, there the sculpture of Paul Oz will be seen only by those chosen who work at McLaren or come to the Technology Center as guests.
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