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The Gallery | Capita's Goodwood sculpture

Professional services giant Capita has released these images of its sculpture for this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Since 2005, Capita’s architectural and engineering teams have been working with artist and sculptor Gerry Judah and metalwork specialists Littlehampton Welding to produce the central sculptures on the lawn in front of Goodwood House at the motor racing event.

This year’s 120t sculpture, built of 720 stacked steel beams, is of two Mazda Le Mans racing cars 40m in the air on trailing twisted steel shapes.

Put end to end, the steel beams would reach 1.2km – from one end of the Goodwood Hill Climb track to the other.

Judah said: “Usually, the one thing you never do with steel is to twist it, so this year we had an impossible challenge to find a way of corkscrewing the entire structure, and we succeeded with an elegant and graceful system that shows of the elegance and grace of the cars themselves.

“Capita’s response to my ideas is amazing; it never balks at a change in direction, a new idea. The team absolutely gets the spirit of what I’m trying to do.”

Capita lead engineer on the sculpture Bruno Postle said “This is the 11th year that we’ve worked with Gerry on the sculpture for Goodwood and the technical challenges of this year’s creation made it the most complex yet.

“Working out how to safely balance the massive corkscrewing steel structure 40m in the air was a huge challenge – but we’re so proud of the result.”


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