Chevrolet Unveils Tribute to Famous Detroit Red Wings Logo
American carmaker Chevrolet has unveiled a special “Winged Wheel” logo sculpture as a tribute to NHL ice hockey team the Detroit Red Wings.
Measuring 9 feet long and 5 feet high, the sculpture is an original work by Tomas Vitanovsky, a former professional motorcycle stuntman from the Czech Republic who now pieces together discarded parts to create sculptures ranging from animals to cars and robots.
“Stitching together the 186 parts from Chevrolet vehicles to create this tribute to the famous Detroit Red Wings Winged Wheel logo was an exhilarating challenge and I am excited to see how the fans react when they see it on display in the new arena,” Vitanovsky said.
The sculpture, which weighs 350 kg and has gone on display at the hockey team’s brand new Little Caesars Arena, took a total of 700 hours for Vitanovsky to sketch, model and sculpt. The Chevrolet vehicle components used to create the sculpture include shocks, brake calipers, rotors, gears, bearings, tie rods, brake pads, rear springs, exhaust pieces and even a Chevrolet hubcap from 1918. The centre of the wheel is marked with a Chevrolet Silverado bowtie logo.
“Chevrolet commissioned this unique sculpture as a tribute to the people and the industry that fuel the city of Detroit and to honour the Detroit Red Wings who have been a true symbol of grit and determination,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing.
The GM-owned car brand has been an official sponsor of the hockey team since 2015. Red Wings forward and NHL All-Star Dylan Larkin also currently serves as a Chevrolet brand ambassador.