Carbon fiber fish sculptures made from F1 car parts
This is something we can certainly expect from a man who spent 14 years with Formula One, four as lead mechanic for the Benetton F1 team and 10 as race team chief mechanic for BAR Honda Grand Prix Team. After a 22-year career, Alastair Gibson looked at similarities between modern Grand Prix cars and game fish and developed a series of fish sculptures using F1 parts. These motorsports-influenced sculptures of fish have a carbon fiber body and each fish sculpture comes with a spec sheet that shows the details of the specific parts added to it. Pictured above is a brown trout, whose tail fin is made of floor stays and is mounted on a plank from the underside of Jensen Button’s 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix winning car. The hammerhead shark is mounted on a gearbox pull rod of the Hungarian GP car and its eyes are from rear wheel tether gearbox side shrouds. There is one called Racing Mako, which is two and a half meters long and uses real parts from F1 cars.
Alastair is currently undertaking a number of private commissions and new work using the latest composite technology available. There is no info on pricing, but when these works of art use carbon fiber fabrication and genuine F1 chassis parts, we can definitely expect them to pick on our pockets.