Artist Gerry Judah has unveiled the centrepiece for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed Festival which was held last weekend (25 - 28 June)
The 120 tonne sculpture, erected on the lawn outside Goodwood house, features two Mazda Le Mans racing cars shooting 40 metres into the air along a twisted steel racing track.
Commenting on the sculpture, artist Judah, said: ‘Usually, the one thing you never do with steel is to twist it, so this year we had an impossible challenge to find a way of corkscrewing the entire structure, and we succeeded with an elegant and graceful system that shows of the elegance and grace of the cars themselves.’
Bruno Postle, Capita’s lead engineer on the sculpture, added: ‘This is the 11th year that we’ve worked with Gerry on the sculpture for Goodwood and the technical challenges of this year’s creation made it the most complex yet. Working out how to safely balance the massive corkscrewing steel structure 40 meters in the air was a huge challenge – but we’re so proud of the result.’