Monday, September 23, 2013

This incredible Mercedes V12 sculpture is built from bone, wood and fossils

By  Lauren DeAngelis Puckett

We've seen some impressive automotive replicas, but this one definitely takes the prize as the most unique yet. Belgian artist Eric van Hove created this sculpture, titled V12 Laraki, of a Mercedes V12 engine using a whopping 53 materials, including wood, bone and fossils. The dizzying array of materials includes mother-of-pearl, sand stone and mahogany, just to name a few.

The artist received a 2011 Cda-Projects Grant to create the extremely detailed and true-to-life work, which "aims at de-constructing a Mercedes V12 engine down to every single component (around 200 of them) before duplicating each element bit by bit in over 50 different local materials with the help of 35 master craftsmen from various regions in Morocco." The grants website also notes that the project represents a commentary on "the economic and social dynamic between the European and African industry."

The work will next be on display at the Marrakesh Bienniale of contemporary art in February 2014 in Morocco. Check out the impressive photos in our gallery, and learn more by visiting the artist's website and Facebook page.



Darren Scarboro said...

Very itneresting, this is crazy!!! it's incredible all the progress being made daily in the automobile industry. Wood and fossils....damn!

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Bob oatmeyer said...

This is such an amazing creation from auto parts. It is so cool what some people can create. Auto parts and how they all go together is pretty spectacular in itself.

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