The art of Formula One – Formula One's sleek, super-fast cars are perfectly engineered motoring works of art but the cars are also inspiring other artists... American Dennis Hoyt has turned his passion for F1 into large scale sculptures that aim to convey speed like this classic Ferrari 312 raced by the sport's Italian maestros in the 1960s.
The art of Formula One – The car parts, rather than their whole, can also provide inspiration. Polishing an exhaust from a 2006 Red Bull Racing car led to a lightbulb moment for John Haigh. "It made me think we can really show off this fantastic engineering that is beautiful in its own right," he tells CNN. This exhaust lamp sells for $25,000.
The art of Formula One – For others with a design eye, it's the racing circuits that provide the inspiration. American architect Russell Brynes created his Linear Edge company after making a scale replica of a motor racing circuit for a friend to hang on his wall. "If someone doesn't know what it is they think it's modern art," he says.
The art of Formula One – F1 art can be functional too as Mercedes chiefs Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff find out as they hang out under the 1carus statue which was unveiled at the 2014 British Grand Prix.
The art of Formula One – Hoyt's sculpture "Seven" celebrates Michael Schumacher's seven world titles. "F1 is my favorite motorsport," says Hoyt, whose first piece was commissioned by 16-time grand prix winner Sir Stirling Moss in the 1980s. "I'd love to do some stuff with Lewis Hamilton, I think he's brilliant."
The art of Formula One – Oregon-based Hoyt works only in wood and starts each piece from the roots. "I like to work in three-dimensional mediums as I feel that art work should be touched," he says. "The larger pieces go for $150,000. They're over two meters long and usually take about 6-9 months from beginning to end."
The art of Formula One – "I always look at the cars and how to depict them at speed and motion in a more exciting, visceral way," says Hoyt. "If you could show the echo of a car with the wheels disappearing that will achieve the visual effect. I'm constantly looking at ways to make the wood look even faster."
The art of Formula One – Haigh's company Racing Gold makes functional works of arts in partnership with Red Bull using components from the team's racing cars. "You realize all the parts have numbers that relate to a particular Mark Webber F1 car, for example, and it becomes a dream thing to own," he tells CNN. This cruet set is made from gear box filters.