An extraordinary piece of art relief portraying Ayrton Senna´s 94 helmet. Hand made by molding a single sheet of carbon-fibre around half a full-scale helmet, then painted to match Ayrton´s 94 helmet identically, creates a truly unique and masterful piece of memorabilia. Limited Edition 100 pieces worldwide.
THE ARTIST: In 1991, Rheos/Honda gave Mr.Josuke Sato the challenge of reducing Ayrton Senna´s helmet weight using his special technique. All at Rheos/Honda, including Ayrton, were impressed when he reduced the amount of paint used only 20 grams without reducing the quality of the paint job. This was the link that sparked Mr. Sato´s passionate admiration for Ayrton Senna and gave him the vision of creating a memorial piece that would keep the spirit of Ayrton Senna alive.
From this vision came the Ayrton Senna Helmet Relief. THE MAKING: Using a similar technique and material as used in molding F1 machine parts, Mr Sato took a piece of flat carbon-fibre and hand molded it around the left-half side of the same type of helmet used by Ayrton in 1994. This created the effect that ‘half’ the helmet was protruding out of the carbon plate. He then hand-painted the half helmet to match exactly ‘half’ the helmet worn by Ayrton in 94 complete with half a visor.
The next step in the process involves applying two clear finish coats. As the total process is done by hand, only two pieces per day can be made. Looking at the protruding image, one can almost feel Senna´s presence! THE ASF APRROVAL: The first piece, 001/100 of the 100 limited edition piece was given to the Ayrton Senna Foundation with hopes that Senna family would approve of the careful craftsmanship and passion put into the making of this unique Senna memorial piece of art. Aprpoval was received and 99 more people were offer the opportunity of owning one of these 100 Limited Edition pieces of Ayrton Senna art.
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