A Mercedes engine made out of wood?

I couldn’t resist grabbing this image from the wonderful Left Lane website (check the link for the full story). Artist Eric van Hove went purely organic (as opposed to metallic) to build a replica Mercedes V12 engine. Superb handiwork on show here.

The work consists of 465 parts made from 35 different materials include wood and fossils (hard ones, not liquid).

As someone pointed out, it probably cost as much to produce as a real Merc. Plus, this thing would fall apart if put in a car. But come on, is it not a thing of beauty?