Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah


Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah

This 28 metre-high steel sculpture of the Jaguar E-Type car was designed by Gerry Judah for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which took place in Sussex, UK, last weekend.

Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah

Made from half a kilometre of steel tubing with a diameter of 1.2 metres, the sculpture weighs over 175 tonnes and shows the car balanced on its front bumper.

Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah

The iconic Jaguar E-Type was first unveiled fifty years ago at the Geneva Motor Show.

Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah

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Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah

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Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah

Photographs are by David Barbour.

Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah

Here's some more information from Gerry Judah:

Jaguar E-Type Sculpture  - Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011

Very few cars in history have matched the allure of the Jaguar E-Type. The sensational Malcolm Sayer design, 150 mph performance and race-winning heritage gave it a unique combination of beauty, speed and credibility. The E-Type was an overnight sensation when it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. Despite changing fashions and the passage of time, our fascination with the E-Type is as strong today as it was 50 years ago, and those swooping curves are still as breathtaking as they were when Enzo Ferrari described it as “the most beautiful car ever made."

Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah

Constructed using half a kilometre of 1200mm diameter steel tube, this sculpture by Gerry Judah stands 28 metres tall and weighs over 175 tonnes – the equivalent to 135 E-types! A striking tribute to a true motoring icon.

Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah

Concept, design and production: Gerry Judah
Structural Engineering: Capita Symonds
Fabrication and Installation: Littlehampton Welding

  • yuc

    This is neither car, nor sculpture.

    • twonk

      I feel I should take the initiative and point out to you that this website is neither a car website, nor a sculpture website…. so why do you feel the need to point out something that is neither a car, nor a sculpture?

      Besides, no-one said it was a car. But it is indeed a sculpture (of a car), if you disagree with me, then you don't understand the meaning of the word sculpture;
      "the art of making two-or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms , especially by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster."

      • yuc

        I think I have right to dislike an art-work. We have passed through a non-figurative age in art and that is why we cannot easily like works that is neither representative nor an abstraction. So I cannot like it on the basis that it is neither Donatello nor Calder.

        Thanks for the dictionary link; but I did never need to learn concepts from dictionaries; I would suggest the same to you.

        • Yuc Suc's

          Disliking art for arts sake – is as acceptable as each to our own thoughts. Now, if you had just added a further explanation to your rather bland statement, you wouldn't come out as such an ignorant lazy minded fool.

          In my opinion, one of Gerry's best pieces and well crafted. My only gripe is the axles (more than the wheels) – the piece would've looked cleaner, simpler, crisper without them.

          • zee

            Classy. Calling an 'ignorant lazy minded fool' someone who just said he didn't like something.

            There is a sort of reverse logic happening with a lot of comments I've read recently on Dezeen, where anybody who utters anything negative about a certain design gets lectured in a rather brutal way.

            Where is the freedom to dislike?

            Besides, Yuc's comment points at some really hot topics – what is sculpture today, for what purpose, what is the intent of that one in particular, relationship between car design and sculpture, you name it. But the only thing he/she gets in return is a very litteral, very un-kind sermon.

            So at the risk of being sermoned myself, I would like to post my opinion too, which is that I find this sculpture incredibly ungraceful in the way it connects to the ground, menacing in the way it relates to people, and unjustified in its scale.

            I do not like this design.

            And I really hope, for the sake of rich, open discussions about design on this website, that this personal opinion will not be censored before it reaches the public eye.

          • twonk

            I understand the sentiments about sermons and lectures, but in the same token you have to accept that the negative and positive comments can be reciprocated.
            Anyway, my original response was based on the fact that Yuc said this wasn't a sculpture. Regardless of whether he/she likes or dislikes it (which wasn't discussed until Yuc's second post), I don't think anyone can argue that this isn't a sculpture.

  • This is not only a sculpture but and incredible engineering job and super fabrication execution. I would love to see the 'in progress' pictures of this piece. Don't look at it as a representation of a car and you'll see it for what it really is. Kudos to all involved.

  • sven

    The front view is really nice. Very disappointing that they added wheels and bumpers (which are not done out of the same tubes). Less would have been more, here.

  • Jag hag

    A giant pasta sculpture? Quite a feat.

    All you need is the sound of an E-Type….invisible would have been enough for me

  • Nath

    Reminds me of Church organ pipes.
    The visual representation of the car is challenging….no need to get
    your knickers in a twist!

  • Sam

    Meanwhile, in Africa…

  • michael

    agree with sven – nice sculpture in front view – the tires are too much

  • rock

    as others have posted, no need for the wheels, it makes it far too literal.
    the sculpture would have achieved a much more poetic allusion to the e-type without the wheels, + would have remained simpler + sincere to the sculpture's tubular construction.
    hence the view captured in the first photo, as sven michael said, captures the essence of the car + the sculpture, + therefore is the best
    (aluminium would have been lighter, as would have plastic, + they could have been recycled + recyclable)

  • trimtab21

    What an insult to the landscape! It seems that to make ‘art’ today, just take any object, enlarge it to gigantic proportions and balance it on its end…not very creative auspicious or inspiring.

  • In whatever form its expressed the proportions and curves are magical. I think thats what has made the beauty of this car timeless. As far as wasting of materials is concerned, it depends on how much the JAGUAR E-TYPE matters to you.