Some artists work in oil paints; some work in bronze; some work in pastels. Gerry Judah works in race cars. For over a decade, the British sculptor has installed massive racing-themed creations on the lawn of England's Goodwood Estate for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. Each work is intended to showcase a luxury brand and make a statement. One statement that certainly applies to this year's Mercedes installation: "Holy crap."
Judah has outdone himself, affixing a 1934 "Silver Arrow" and a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W04 to a massive parabolic track. Think of it as the Gateway Arch, but instead of showcasing St. Louis, it serves as a tribute to supercar design.
The arch Judah created for the cars is some 295 feet long, 85 feet high, and weighs 176 tons. The Formula 1 car Judah used for this explanation was retired after Lewis Hamilton used it in 15 races, including the Hungarian Grand Prix, which he won. The Silver Arrow also has a serious pedigree. Manfred von Brauchitsch drove it to victory at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 1934.
Judah's Porsche sculpture was an ode to 50 years of the 911. An original 1963 models rockets skyward along with a 1973 Carrera and a 2013 911.
The simple, angular sculpture rises over 90 feet in the air, functioning like an obelisk celebrating the roadster's victorious reign. This one just happens to be over 70 feet tall, 180 tons, and built from steel tubes.
The white road Judah tied in a half-hitch knot is roughly 470 feet long and features six historic F1 cars, including one driven by Mario Andretti in 1978 and one driven by Ayrton Senna in 1987.
The sculpture is made from flat sheet metal, which means that the structure itself is thin and lacks an internal framework, which is precisely how most racing chassis are constructed.
One of the few Judah sculptures not to feature an actual car, Judah's tribute to the E-Type is, well, an E-Type.
Alfa Romeo, 2010-
Judah's 2010 sculpture incorporated a bit more color, paying tribute to the paint that makes fast cars look even faster.
Land Rover, 2008-
The angular, welded celebration of Land Rover's off-road toughness weighed in at 132 tons.
Land Rover, 2008-
The sculpture showed five immaculate Rovers driving over a horizontal grid twisted into a rugged spire.
The 2007 installation showed the evolutionary progress of Toyota's fastest cars.
The cars, suspended on platform with high-tensile wire, looked ready to swing forward, presumably into the future.
Not content to merely use cars, Judah added a Rolls-Royce plane to his installation celebrating the high-brow English brand.
The high-flying installation is all about the brand's pursuit of speed. The towers are streamlined and aerodynamic - though not as aerodynamic as the cars.
JThe tubes Judah used to produce build a vertical track beneath Ford's race cars gives the impression of speed.
The sculpture was sprayed with water at night so the morning mist would make it as hazy as a track.
Judah's cantilevered 2002 installation depicted a demolition derby held between race cars.
A tribute to mid-century ambition, Judah's 2001 installation showed an early, chrome roadster returning from a mission to space.