Constructed from steel tubes, a Jaguar E-TYPE centrepiece will be displayed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate its 50th birthday this year.
The sculpture, installed by a firm who specialise in bridge building, rises 28 metres into the air in front of the Goodwood House and weighs 150 tonnes - the same as 122 series 1 Jaguar E-TYPEs.
The sculpture was created with half a kilometer of painted 1200mm diameter steel tubes normally used for gas pipelines, made from 12mm thick steel, most of which was donated by tata Steel, a subsidiary of Jaguar's parent company.
The sculpture was created by world-renowned sculptor Gerry Judah, with the design process beginning in January, followed by detailed engineering calculations and planning stages over four months.
Judah explained why unlike previous Goodwood installations, this piece doesn't incorporate any actual cars in the design: "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."
Geoff Cousins, Managing Director, Jaguar UK said: "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."
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