Gerry Judah’s incredible sculptures have dominated the lawn of Goodwood House at the Festival of Speed for the last 18 years. This year – 40 meters long and rising to 36 metres above the ground; a sculpture constructed from 418 steel tubes, weighing 120 tons; equivalent to more than 120 Mazda MX-5s. A sculpture reflecting Mazda’s racing heritage and their new design philosophy “KODO – Soul of Motion”
“It was KODO that inspired the original idea behind the sculpture,” says Mazda’s design director Kevin Rice. “Breathing life and motion into an object is what KODO is all about.
The two cars on top of the sculpture are the Le Mans winning Mazda 787B which took overall victory in the famous 24 hour race in 1991 driven by British driver Johnny Herbert alongside Volker Weidler and Bertrand Gachot and the the 787B is the Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo car.
Judah says: “I have to make a sculpture within a very short space of time, within a tight budget, that’s got to be as high as possible, as innovative as possible, as original as possible, and as dangerous as possible.”
Gerry Judah has reputation for innovative design, creating settings for the British Museum, BBC, Museum of Mankind, Natural History Museum, Imperial, War Museum, Museum of Tolerance Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and Jimmy Page, The Who and many other performers. He has also created sculptures for Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Romeo, Renault, Ford, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Porsche, Honda, Toyota, Land Rover, Alfa and Lotus at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed and bridges in London and Cambridge.