Is that a photo of an engine? Nope. Jacques Pena.
Yes, this does mean that Jacques is officially a hero. A design hero.
The contest asked designers and artists to:
portray inventive concepts or renderings of architectural design, mechanical, or industrial/product designs—from buildings, bridges and vehicles, to furniture and consumer products.
Jacque’s entry, entitled O.E.M., uses automotive design as its base; but there is more to it than that.
“I went to work with automotive because it opened me up to creating something more…” explained Jacques, “something crazy and abstract. I wanted something overzealous, something that you would never see in the real world.”
And it was also to incorporate robots.
“A good majority of the stuff that I do is mechanical and [with this contest] I was able to show off my love for robots.”
For Jacques one of the main challenges was in the preparation; how to best combine the science fiction and wonder or robotics with the cold yet powerful aesthetic of automotive design.
Over one hundred entries were judged on imagination, innovation, and ingenuity. Jacque’s entry is a clear stand out evoking thoughts of both familiarity and the uncanny. It gracefully combines the known imagery of an engine while also being outlandish in design.
Congrats to Jacques for a well deserved win!