It has been 25 years since Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna was tragically killed in the San Marino Grand Prix. Very few will forget that fateful day in 1994 when Senna crashed into the concrete banner, but now a special tribute has been made to the man who was a three-time world champion.
Senna has been immortalized in bronze in a way that fans would prefer to remember him. The newly unveiled statue depicts Senna in a typical racing position and brings the legend back to life in an awe-inspiring way.
An Emotional Unveiling
The new life-size statue was created by prominent F1 artist Paul Oz and was unveiled at the Autosport International show. At this show all eyes are usually on the latest F1 cars on display, and those who attend are often regulars at the F1 Paddock Club, but this year the statue more than garnered its fair share of attention.
The initial reaction to the statue has been one of awe, as Oz hasn’t just created a monument to a man that lived, ate and breathed F1. He has created a statue that puts Senna back in the driving seat, and this has evoked a strong, emotionally charged response from all who have seen it. It’s not a static still life standing staring off in to the distance: it’s a beautiful artwork that aptly captures Senna’s essence in all its bronzed glory.
Embracing the Challenge
Oz says that when he took up the challenge to create the statue he wanted to make an impact and to create something a bit more than the usual Senna memorabilia. These memorabilia is often seen in places like the F1 Paddock Club and in private collectors’ homes, but the statue will be on display for all to see.
Oz wanted to create something that celebrated Senna’s life and marked 25 years since his passing. He chose to depict Senna in the racing position, as he knew no one else would have done so, and he aimed to recreate the dynamic of the car, the speed at which Senna would travel at and the effortless talent he exuded when driving. Judging from the reaction, this is exactly what he has managed to do, and his statue has been met with approval from all corners.