Ayrton Senna - Eau Rouge

This life-size bronze statue was created through 2018 to launch at Autosport January 2019, to mark 25 years. Since then it has been on permanent display at McLaren MTC Woking. And the start of the next chapter of my career – to celebrate and immortalise the icons and history of F1 in bronze.

The statue was modelled on real life with myself as the stunt body – being coincidentally the same height and build as Ayrton. My aim was to portray the dynamic of Eau Rouge into Raidillon, about which Ayrton famously said ‘If you take away Eau Rouge, you take away the reason why I do this’. The beauty of modelling on real life is that it inherently includes the natural ripples of the race suit distorted by the thickness of the logos, the strain of holding this position translating nicely into the forces of driving. Evident by the ‘oversteer dance’ I have seen many times in front of the statue since! Perfect.

See the video below with Bruno Senna talking through a little more about this and the finer details.

Some footage of the creative process and unveiling is below too, followed by my favourite installation and press images from the last year or so. Some more articles under the ‘Projects’ tab too.

I created 3 life-size statues to mark 3 world titles.. aside from No.1 at MTC, the one of which is on most public display is in the museum at McLaren Barcelona, after it was shown in the F1 Fanzone at Circuit de Catalunya May 2019.

Wind tunnel (60%) and marquette (20%) sized editions

We’re flat out in the foundry creating the edition of wind-tunnel sized (60%,1m long/tall) version, they take about 12 weeks each to cast and finish – an edition of 41 marking race victories, and in either a slate grey patina or bare bronze like the life-size at McLaren. I do plan to hand paint a couple of them maybe live in F1 Paddock Club in 2020.

And a 20% scale bronze statue too, also an edition of 41.

Some installation images below to give an indication of scale. Please contact us for any more information, from the top menu of this page.

Unveiling Senna on the McLaren boulevard

The making of senna

Meeting Bruno Senna at MTC for Brazilian Globo TV