Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Racing on the Edge

Compiled by Team IAnD
Photography: David Barbour; courtesy Gerry Judah


Gerry Judah of Indian origin catapults speed to the skies with his proactive public art at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 that wrapped up in June end 2015 in West Sussex, England.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 recently (June 25-28, 2015) wrapped up its celebration of Mazda Motor Corporation's unique motorsport heritage with a powerful fusion of sculptural innovation and engineering precision. Paying tribute to the Japanese manufacturer, the perennial central feature of the festival was a bespoke piece of public art by Gerry Judah, who has been a regular at creating striking symbolic mega-sculptures for the motor show. 


Since Mazda is renowned for defying convention in its approach to automotive engineering, and has also chosen Goodwood as the setting to showcase its range of SKYACTIV vehicles, Gerry has designed the centrepiece as a massive concept sprint based on the thematic - "Flat Out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge".  

Year-after-year since 1993, the highlight of the Goodwood motor racing show has been a breathtaking spectacular sculpture on the historic Goodwood estate and Gerry Judah has been a regular at creating striking symbolic mega-sculptures for the motor show.


Locked in close contention, Mazda’s victorious rotary-engined 787B Le Mans winner and the LM55 Vision Gran Turismo concept sprint 40 metres skywards trailing a spectacular slipstream of muscular twisted steel. Stacked in the manner of pristine matchsticks, 720 steel beams of varying length and juxtaposition seamlessly swell, slim and fold the structure from right to left, cantilevering the cars high over the spectators below.


Featuring 120 tonnes of steel sections which, laid end-to-end, would stretch the entire 1235 metre length of the Goodwood Hill Climb, this beguiling structure is sculptor Gerry Judah's most complex and sophisticated centrepiece to date.

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