j manta /10

The juvenile manta is a third of the size of the largest Carbon Art sculpture,‘aero manta’,the sculpture that brought together all my engineering skills and sculpting ambition.

The manta ray is one of the oceans most recognisable creatures and as anyone who has dived with these fish can testify to their grace and beauty. Manta rays are found in the world’s tepid oceans and are true ‘aero’ fish.

Engineering methods, materials and selected parts from modern F1 Grand Prix cars are used in the production of this sculpture.

Sculpture limited to ten pieces with four artist proofs.

Sculpture spec:

Body: Carbon fibre, 4 plies / layers of 2 x 2 twill 200 gsm, gives a thickness of 2.8 mm. Coated with UV resistant clear coat and painted detail.

Fins: Tail fin one piece of shaped 2 mm HE15 graphite coated aluminium.

Eyes: Modified aluminium HE30 machined plugs, coated gloss black.

Gills: ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic 3D printed on HP design jet, FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling).

Underside duct: Pitot tube shroud with titanium fitting. Shroud from Jenson Button’s 2006 Honda Racing F1 Team GP car.

Tail: Tail boss, wing adjuster flange from the Sahara Force India F1 Team part no. 12J06-0330, with a second stage double clutch actuator rod from the Honda Racing F1 Team part no. VHM 000 960 L40, 2006 GP season. Third stage, titanium ‘cake tin’ top hat fixing. Fourth stage, front wing flap adjuster from the Sahara Force India F1 Team part no. 11J90-0154.

Exhausts: (90° Aluminium) Hydraulic cooler tube cut down and mounted on internal fabricated backing plates, from the Honda Racing F1 Team, part no. 1080 E04 0084.

Vent fins: A pair of rear wing ‘fish plates’ P4 & P5 from the Sahara Force India F1 Team.

Vent: 90° PRV aluminium water pressure link used on the Sahara Force India F1 Team part no.10J18-0042 issue 1.

Wing tip detail: 0.5 mm Aluminium shaped, ‘aero’ twisted.

Mounting: For desk mount, selector hub with peak caged needle roller and steering column from the Honda Racing F1 Team part no. 1080 L03 0002 L14, with a double clutch selector rod pin part no. VHM 0009 60 L27, mounted on a FIA legality perma-glass underfloor plank, Jenson Button, Spanish GP, 2006.

Mounting methods: Suspended, floor or wall mounted.

Dimensions: L 900mm W 1000mm H 910mm

Weight: 6 kg

Price guide: £30,800 inclusive of UK VAT @ 20%