Daniel Arsham’s affinity for the automotive world is well-documented — better yet, it’s well designed. Working alongside Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton, the artist has crafted a work of art that functionally doubles as a literal racing helmet.
The aptly-dubbed Monaco Helmet was made for Hamilton to use at the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix on May 29, and it’s safe to assume other participants will have to catch up to the revered racer from more than a mere speed standpoint. The collaborative piece takes inspiration from amethyst, which Hamilton labels his favorite crystal. The primarily white helmet is embellished with glistening hints of the purple gem, resulting in what will most likely be the coolest helmet in Monaco this weekend.
In addition to this wearable artwork, Arsham also designed a mesmerizing eroded rendition of the very same racing helmet designed for Hamilton. It’s remarkably constructed in the same fashion as the rest of Arsham’s portfolio, using selenite, quartz, and amethyst crystals, the latter of which neighbors the actual helmet. The sculpture is set to be auctioned off, with all proceeds benefiting Hamilton’s Mission 44 foundation.
While everyone has their pick for who they’re rooting for in the upcoming race, anyone can agree that Hamilton’s new helmet is an impressive piece of gear — or art, depending on how you want to frame it. Get a better look at Daniel Arsham’s helmet below, and you can expect to see it on Lewis Hamilton’s head when he takes the track Sunday in Monaco.