Charles Sykes & the Spirit of Ecstasy


For sculptor Charles Sykes and many around the world, these words defined the characteristics of Rolls-Royce automobiles and inspired his iconic design of the Rolls-Royce mascot known as the Spirit of Ecstasy.  Generously, for this Revs Institute exhibition, six examples of Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy mascots were loaned by local collector Jon Zoler.

Unhappy to see outlandish mascots adorn the radiator caps of their fine automobile craftsmanship, Rolls-Royce leadership commissioned Sykes to design a simple, dignified mascot to represent the brand. More than a century later, the elegant mascot is an unmatched and evocative symbol of not only Rolls-Royce’s beginnings, but also the era of the automotive mascot.

The exhibition resides in the Automobility gallery, next to the 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer from Miles Collier Collections. In addition to the mascots from the Zoler Collection, Revs Institute important items from Miles Collier Collections relating to Sykes’ artistry are on display.

This exhibition runs from November 17, 2022 until September 2023. For more information, including hours, tour times and ticket prices, click here or call +1 239 687-7387. Advance reservations only. Regrettably, walk up visitors cannot be accommodated.