The Formula E World Championship are set to auction a unique sculpture in support of UNICEF, with it being made up of broken Gen2 parts from all 11 teams.
Formula E is the first international sports organisation to partner with the children’s charity’s global climate fund, which the auction will generate financial support for. Since their partnership began three years ago, the duo have helped almost 3 million children and young people across the world.
The ‘Children’s Planet’ sculpture has been designed and built by British sculptor, Charles Elliot, who created the masterpiece – which measures 2.5m in diameter – using broken parts from season eight Gen2 machinery. All 11 teams donated broken parts for the creation of the sculpture.
It was unveiled to the world at the recent London E-Prix season finale, where Jake Dennis was crowned as the new World Champion, as were Envision Racing.
Formula E supports UNICEF through the charity’s Safe and Healthy Environment Fund, which tackles climate change. The money raised from the auction will go directly to the fund, which is used to put on educational and healthcare schemes for children and young people most at risk of what’s happening to the planet.
“This stunning creation showcases the collective effort across the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to support UNICEF’s vital work through its Safe and Healthy Environment Fund,” said Formula E CEO Jeff Dodds.
“As the world’s leading professional sport combining high-performance and sustainability without compromise, we are proud to be the first sport to partner with UNICEF on climate-related issues.”
The sculpture itself resembles an incomplete world, with each of the child-like figures scattered around the middle of the design resembling each team in the paddock. As well as this, the 11 children are supposed to represent the need to raise awareness of climate change for the next generation, with it being them who’ll be most affected.
It’s also been designed in such a way to show that children and young people are key to changes being made, with them holding a significant amount of power.
“Children and young people play a key role in addressing climate-related risks by promoting environmentally sustainable lifestyles and setting an example for their communities; they are at the centre of issues arising from climate change,” stressed Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK).
“It is wonderful to see Children’s Planet, position children and young people, in their rightful place, at the centre of the globe, to acknowledge them as active agents, taking action against climate change issues. I would like to thank our partner, Formula E, for helping UNICEF create a cleaner, safer environment.”