Just Amazing: Artist Builds V12 Mercedes Engine From 53 Non-Engine-Building Materials


Any gear head out there knows that taking an engine apart can be a lot of fun. Putting it back together, without having any extra pieces when you’re done, can be a nightmare. Artist Eric van Hove thought he could do one better. He decided to take an engine apart. Build all the pieces out of other materials and put it back together.

Nine months in the making,V12 Laraki began when van Hove dismantled a mercedes engine and then set about creating faithful reproductions of every single component, some 465 parts and 660 bolts made of casted copper. Contracting with artists around Morocco the engine was made with…

…a ton of stuff you’ll see after the jump.

This has to be the most impressive thing you’ll see all day. If anything else even comes close please let me know about it. You can’t be keeping that kind of stuff to yourself you selfish rat-fink.

Hit the jump for more shots and a list of ingredients.

 white cedar wood
high Atlas red cedar wood
walnut wood
lemon wood
orange wood
ebony wood of Macassar
mahogany wood
thuya wood
Moroccan beech wood
pink apricot wood
mother of pearl
yellow copper
nickel plated copper
red copper
forged iron
recycled aluminum
nickel silver
cow bone
goat bone
malachite of Midelt
green onyx
tigers eye
Taroudant stone
sand stone
red marble of Agadir
black marble of Ouarzazate
white marble of Béni Mellal
pink granite of Tafraoute
cow horn
rams horn
ammonite fossils of the Paleozoic from Erfoud
Ourika clay
geometric terra cotta with vitreous enamel (zellige)
green enamel of Tamgrout
argan oil

laraki-1 laraki-3 laraki-4 laraki-5 laraki-6If you’re counting, even including the parts and bolts cast from copper as being a different material than the copper in the list. I still only come up with 48 materials. I’m not sure where they got the number 53. So I’m going to include blood, sweat, tears, creativity, and love to bring the count to 53.