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Commemorative Porsche 911 sculpture is centerpiece of 20th Goodwood Festival of Speed

Commemorative Porsche 911 sculpture is centerpiece of 20th Goodwood Festival of Speed image

Text: Mac Avendano / Photos: David Barbour | posted July 22, 2013 13:57

Sculptor Gerry Judah makes Porsche 911 centerpiece for Porsche GB

This gravity-defying sculpture holds three iconic Porsche sports cars 35 meters above the ground – the 1963 Original 911, the 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7, and the 2013 911. The sculpture features three white steel “arrows” that flows toward the sky, each supporting a 911 at its apex. Each leg weighs over 22 tonnes and is made of steel plates welded together without internal structure. The balance points on the base of the sculpture are extremely narrow. It was then given a white coating to give an elegance meets simplicity vibe.

Gerry Judah believes that his sculpture had to symbolize the energy and excitement derived from the Porsche 911s and the Festival of Speed. He sees the 911 as a car of awesome form, and therefore cannot be deconstructed or embellished. To give justice to the car’s prowess, the sculpture had to provide the proper platform for the car to “soar up and shine in the sky.”

The concept behind the artwork is to make each car seem to be shooting into the sky while supporting and racing one another in a perfect moment. Parallel to the design of the 911s, the sculpture was engineered to be lightweight and reflective of the 911 – simple, pure, and built for the job.

 Gerry Juda Sculpture

Background on the Sculptor

Gerry Judah is an Indian artist originating from Calcutta. He grew up in West Bengal during his first decade of boyhood before his family moved to London. Judah was heavily inspired by the figures he saw as a boy. These sites were reflected in Judah’s works as the boy developed into an artist. He attended some of London’s art schools and earned a Double First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art at Goldsmith College, University of London. He then pursued studying sculpture as a postgraduate at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. The artist later on built a reputation for his innovative design. Aside from his works for established institutions and prominent individuals, he also has works created for automotive giants such as Porsche, Ferrari, Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, and many more.