Life-size bronze statue of F1 icon Ayrton Senna unveiled in Birmingham

An incredibly detailed life-size bronze statue of Formula One (F1) legend Ayrton Senna was unveiled at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on Saturday, to mark 25 years since his passing. British portrait artist and sculptor Paul Oz, who is behind the piece of work, said that he wanted to create the statue of Senna because he is «easily the biggest... Еще icon in F1, the F1 will ever have.» The statue portrays Senna in the pose of driving through the Eau Rouge corner. According to Oz, the inspiration for this posture came from the idea «to try and impart the dynamic of Eau Rouge» in a static sculpture. The Senna statue reportedly weighs in at 160 kilogrammes (352 pounds) of raw bronze. It took the sculptor and his team more than a year to complete the work. Oz said that his team broke some boundaries when creating the statue. He explained that 400 images were knitted together to create a 3D model, which was then resurfaced in clay. Wax casts were created from the clay model, and the statue was finalised in a foundry. Oz noted that he 3D modelled for the sculptured pose. «I am the same height, weight and shoe size as Ayrton Senna, maybe a few kilos heavier. So it's me who got to play dress-up and 3D modelled in.»

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