This Ferrari 312 sculpture blurs the lines between art and optical illusion
Combining astonishing accuracy for detail with an overwhelming sense of motion, Dennis Hoyt’s 312 Ferrari Formula 1 sculpture, the only example produced, is a true piece of art. Comprised of a single piece of basswood that’s been dyed red, every inch of the car, from the nose to the tyres, has been manipulated to look as if its 3.0-litre V12 engine is being run at its limit, resulting in a blur of red and black — just as it would if John Surtees, Chris Amon, or Jacky Ickx were at the helm. The estimated price of 40,000–60,000 US dollars seems like a deal when compared to the million-plus price tag an original car would fetch — and this way, you can enjoy the 312 every day, sans racing license, track fees, and extensive preparation.
Photos: RM Sotheby’s