This year signifies 70 years of Porsche sports cars and 25 years of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. What better way to commemorate this particular shared anniversary than with the stunning Porsche centrepiece in the center of the event site. Artist Gerry Judah has built the 2018 Goodwood Festival Of Speed Silver Jubilee sculpture, which stands 52 meters tall and it is clearly visible across the complete Goodwood Estate.
Since 1997, artist Gerry Judah has created the principle, car-themed sculpture for the yearly Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, England. Held on the grounds of the Goodwood Estate, Judah’s grand, soaring car designs really are a sight to behold.
The sculpture’s widest section consists of six points holding six Porsches, real Porsches. The six points are divided equally between contemporary and historic Porsche models. The two highest points carry the Porsche 356 and 919 Hybrid Le Mans racer, the next echelon carries a Gulf-livery 917 and the 991 911R, and the lowest pair holds the 918 Spyder and 959 Dakar Racer. A compelling cross-section of notable Porsches which amazingly contains just one 911.
Gerry Judah was born in Calcutta in 1951, his grandparents were from Baghdad and settled in India. Judah spent his childhood in West Bengal before moving to London with his family at the age of ten. At the age of 16, he left school, working as a kitchen assistant, porter and technical draftsman. Later, he studied art at prestigious colleges in London, set up a studio in London’s West End and began his work on large sculptures and fantastic three-dimensional paintings. He earned the necessary funds for his art with works at theaters and opera houses, in film and photography, he built film sets for Ridley Scott, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, for rock bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson.
Judah’s gobsmacking sculpture seems to defy physics. In terms of sheer height, this is among the most impressive Goodwood sculptures.