Porsche Sculpture By Gerry Judah Reaches New Heights

published in: Vehicles, Art By Tina Komninou, 24 July 2013

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photo © David Barbour.

Client: PORSCHE GB
Design and Production: GERRY JUDAH
Engineering: CAPITA SYMONDS
Fabrication and Installation: LITTLEHAMPTON WELDING
Photography: DAVID BARBOUR

Yatzer is a great lover of the Goodwood Festival of speed which this year was held in West Sussex in the UK because truth be told anything including the word speed has our full attention and our eyes and ears wide open. In this case, we have 3 words and a name for you - Porsche, 50 Years and Gerry Judah.

For this festival the great luxury brand going by the name of PORSCHE, wanted to find a very dynamic and exciting way to share the celebration of the 50th birthday of the 911
. The mission was truly accomplished when they commissioned the talented Gerry Judah to create a sculpture specifically for this event. For those of you that are not familiar with this Calcutta born artist here is some info: Raised in London from the age of 10, his works exist in many theaters including the Royal Opera House, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, English National Opera and many more. He began to build a reputation for innovative design creating spectacular settings for institutions such as the Natural History Museum, BBC, Led Zeppelin, The Who and has designed bridges in London and Cambridge.

photo © David Barbour.

Now with his newest baby weighing in at 22 tonnes, he has all of us on our knees from pure respect and amazement. This gravity-defying sculpture holding three iconic Porsche sports cars 35m high in the sky is truly breathtaking with its 3 futuristic white steel ‘arrows’ racing upwards incorporating the speed of light.  With one word we would describe this piece as simply ‘orgasmic’; the lines, the edge, the essence of speed have a multitude of effects on visitors. Some stare at it for hours, others pose for photographs. The smartest of all lay underneath it taking in the sheer drama of it all.

Leaving the design of the PORSCHE 911 to speak for itself, this structure simply moves and expresses the design essence of this car. There is a perfect representation of the 911 amongst these 3 models. On the left is the blue colour original 1963 / 911, in the center the iconic 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 which is one of the most popular models and on the right the latest 911 model. A true completion to history.

Gerry Judah said ‘I wanted to show design in a perfect moment’. This is surely THAT moment and with this we leave you with the creators words on this piece. All we can say is ... PERFECTION IN MOTION.

photo © David Barbour.

photo © David Barbour.

photo © David Barbour.

''I had to create a sculpture that personifies the energy and excitement not only of these beautiful cars but also the Festival of Speed. The 911 is a fantastic shape that can’t be deconstructed or embellished, so in this context, the sculpture had to provide the right platform for the car to soar up and shine in the sky. [...] The concept was that each car is shooting into the sky, supporting one another, racing each other, captured in a perfect moment. Like the cars it displays, the sculpture is superbly engineered, lightweight and reflective of the Porsche 911 itself: simple, pure and built for the job.''
Gerry Judah

photo © David Barbour.

photo © David Barbour.

photo © David Barbour.

photo © David Barbour.

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