The flying cars of the future are here! Or so it seems with this installation entitled Porsche 2013 by artist and designer Gerry Judah. The London-based artist was commissioned by Porsche GB to develop this central display for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an annual motor racing event that takes place in the UK. The very theatrical installation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 sports car. As the vehicles shoot out towards the sky, the piece certainly draws the attention of all who pass by below.
The majority of Judah's works are large sculptures that go beyond the walls of a gallery and into public spaces. This particular piece consists of three arrows leading upward towards three different models of the Porsche: the 1963 Original 911; the 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7; and the 2013 911. The piece weighs more than 22 tons and is made out of welded steel, delicately balanced on the base. As the cars race overhead, visitors below can appreciate the color, shape, and general splendor of each shiny vehicle on display. Judah said, “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.”