Strength and determination in the face of adversity is one of the hallmarks of a remarkable athlete. Nicolas Roux demonstrated both characteristics when he attempted to set a new record for the famous Tour du Mont Blanc. This 334km route, with 5 major mountain passes and 8000m of elevation gain, leaves no room for weakness. Nico faced the challenges of bad weather and tough conditions to finish the ride, and he explored his personal limits of endurance along the way.
Modern Le Mans endurance prototype cars are the most highly advanced racing cars in the world. The technology developed on the track is crucial to the everyday road car, and the length of an endurance race (6 to 24 hours) is the ultimate test for any new technology. These cars must be fast, but most of all they must be safe — for both the driver and the spectators. The main safety feature is the carbon-fibre composite aluminium honeycomb monocoque. Think of the monocoque as a bomb shelter for one. When a car crashes, the monocoque must remain in one piece, regardless the severity of the crash. Parts outside of the monocoque are wired so they remain connected to the car, even when broken. This ensures no large part of the car goes flying into the audience.
The last two photos are from a massive wreck during the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driver Allan McNish was unharmed. Decades ago, a crash like this would have resulted in a fatality.
On June 12 I will be participating in La GIF Party - a celebration of French magazine Kiblind's 10th anniversary. Partnered with studio Superscript ², Kiblind is celebrating by exhibiting a “GIF galaxy” of 12 artists. I was honored to have been selected as one of them, and got the chance to make some new work for the exhibition party, which will take place on two separate occasions. The first night will show at Le Sucre, in Lyon, France on June 12, and a second night in Paris at Le Point Éphémère on June 19th.