Lotus Sculpture by Gerry Judah

The Lotus sculpture is created by the artist Gerry Judah for the 2012 Goodwood Festival Of Speed in England.

This is the sixteenth sculpture created by Judah for this annual festival.

This year Goodwood has featured the British car manufacturer Lotus that sponsored Gerry Judah’s installation.

Judah made his design to capture the essence of Lotus. A 3-D infinity loop was designed, resembling the grandest Scalextric track ever imagined.

The track is a triangular section of 6mm flat sheet metal with a white surface.

Multiple cranes were used to erect the installation and place six significant Lotus cars onto its surface. The cars included a green and yellow Type 32B, the car in which Jim Clark won the 1965 Tasman Series and a red-and-white Type 49, in which Graham Hill raced to the crown. The other cars were significant cars which carried Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti’s Ayrton Senna Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean to their world-wide sucess.

The artist worked closely with Lotus to determine the design.

“What you see in the structure is the track, but inside it is%98 empty space,” explains Gerry Juddah. “In automobile terms, this would be a monocoque body, a tribute to the legendary designer and Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s introduction of monocoque chassis construction to automobile racing.”

“What we have here is a technique for building freeform shapes. In the future, we expect that lots of structures will be built like this, from bridges and large span buildings, to roller coasters, but before that we will be building some even more spectacular sculptures.”

With the Festival over, the sculpture is being dismantled and is on the way to Lotus’s Norfolk headquarters. Though the cars will be removed, the sculpture is going to be waiting for its beholders on a plot close to the Hethel test track.

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