To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type, the automaker was asked to provide this year’s art centerpiece installation for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. As you can see from the pictures, the resulting 93-foot tall sculpture of the svelte sports car casts as big a shadow as the E-Type's legacy alone .
The E-type’s distinguishable profile--the long hood and tiny cabin--is certainly evident when viewing the sculpture from the side. That isn't necessarily the case when viewing the big chunk of metal from the front (we think it looks a little like a missile launcher crossed with a giant Madeline cookie) and leaves a lot open to interpretation--as is the case with most art pieces.
Jaguar commissioned British sculptor Gerry Judah to design the piece, which is made from steel gas pipes -- ironically donated from the steelmaking wing of corporate parent Tata -- that are about 4 feet in diameter. A firm specializing in bridge building helped with the installation, which took 10 days to complete. In all, the sculpture weighs 330,693 pounds, or for you math geeks out there, roughly 122 Series 1 E-types.
Judah has designed a number of Goodwood art installations in the past, including sculptures for Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Ford, and Alfa Romeo. Traditionally, Judah incorporates actual vehicles into his sculptures, but decided to go a different route with the Jaguar E-type.
“I thought I would like to express the form of the car itself without any embellishments, said Judah. “Everyone recognises the E-type; the shape speaks for itself. You can’t compete with it, you can’t digress from it.”
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of many events that Jaguar has chosen to commemorate the E-Type's 50th birthday. Jaguar will also be displaying its current models, including the XF, XK and XJ. The next celebration will be held at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which takes place this August 21.