Thursday, 30 June 2011
A striking iteration of the Jaguar E-type, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, will be the centrepiece at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Jaguar E-type sculpture soars 28 metres into the air in front of the backdrop of Goodwood House. At 150 tonnes, the installation weighs the same as 122 Series 1 E-types and took 10 days to install by a firm specialising in bridge building.
This work of art was created using half a kilometer of painted steel tubes 1,200mm in diameter. Originally intended for use in gas pipelines, these are constructed from 12mm thick steel and machined to very high tolerances, as Jaguar claims.
The shape of the sculpture is the work of sculptor Gerry Judah. The design process began in January and was followed by detailed engineering calculations and planning stages that lasted four months.
“The E-type is famous for its shape but too small and delicate to hoist into the air. I thought I would like to express the form of the car itself without any embellishments. Everyone recognises the E-type, the shape speaks for itself. You can’t compete with it, you can’t digress from it,” Judah explains.
“Jaguar has always been proud of its heritage and we feel particularly honoured to have been asked to provide the Goodwood sculpture for a second time. The E-type captures the essential beauty, drama and passion of every Jaguar – engineering and design DNA that is equally apparent in the current range,” added Geoff Cousins, Managing Director, Jaguar UK.
This video shows the creation of the sculpture.