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Tribute to the single-seaters of the 90s.

Representing the very spirit of motor racing is at the heart of Antoine Dufilho’s approach for this creation. In this sculpture, the artist will give his interpretation of car racing, he will pay homage to the single-seaters of one of the most hectic periods of Formula 1. Stepping out of his comfort zone, he will offer an unprecedented treatment and finish. It will play on contrasts: the fuselage will be painted black and the perforated base, white. Fins and wheels will be in mirror polished stainless steel.

This monumental ensemble will alternate solids and voids. The dynamism of the movement will be rendered by the reflections on the black or white lacquered paint. Immobile, the car will seem to be in motion and will give the viewer an unprecedented view, always different depending on the point of observation. The visual impact will be very important because the artist will work on the graphic aspect.

Despite the imposing weight of this sculpture (1 ton 2), an impression of lightness will emerge from the work rendered by the positioning and inclination of the metal plates, different for each of them. “For this project, I called on my childhood memories and those Formula 1 cars that made me dream. Even if the sculpture is more an evocation of a model that could have been driven by Senna or Prost than a faithful representation, it expresses my love for this golden age of motorsport. It is a tribute to these legendary drivers and to the teams that nourished my dreams as a little boy. explains Antoine Dufilho.

Learn more about the artist

Antoine Dufilho is a recognized artist. Very young, he developed his artistic flair with his great-uncle, the actor Jacques Dufilho. This Bugatti enthusiast also instilled in him a taste for automobiles, which would become one of his main sources of inspiration. After studying medicine and then architecture, he turned to sculpture. This is where he has flourished since 2012 in the workshop he created in the Lille region. His work focuses on movement and forms by bringing a kinetic vision. He is present in several galleries in France and abroad. His sculpture of Bugatti Atlantic has been exhibited at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles; that of the Ferrari 330 P4 of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1967 was acquired by the Town Hall of Le Touquet to be permanently placed in the heart of the city in front of the Hôtel Westminster. Jean Tod, ex-president of the FIA, closely follows Antoine’s work and has acquired several of his works.

Technical description :

Size: 4.30 mx 2mx1m – Estimated weight: 1T200kg

Number of plates: 65

Colours: black white and mirror polished stainless steel

Unprecedented technology for the wheels –

Perforated tray

Useful information

French Formula Grand Prix

1 from July 22 to 24, 2022

Circuit Paul Ricard – Le Castellet

2760, Route des Hauts du Camp

83330 Le Castellet

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