Mercedes-Benz cars arc through the sky at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mercedez Benz Sculpture, Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 ©David Barbour

Mercedez Benz Sculpture, Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014
©David Barbour

(Relaxnews) – A 160-tonne steel sculpture depicting two classic Mercedes racing cars soaring through the sky made an appearance last week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

The brainchild of artist Gerry Judah, the structure soared in an arc 26 meters over Goodwood House.

The London-based creative was commissioned to produce the piece to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of the brand’s trademark silver color, which led to its cars being given the nickname “the silver arrows.”

The sculpture features one classic and one modern Mercedes track model racing one another towards the ground.

The first car is a 1934 Mercedes-Benz W25, which won the race at its first outing at the notorious Nürburgring Nordschleife, starting the tradition for the company’s works cars to always be in silver.

The second is the AMG Petronas Formula One Team’s F1 W04, raced in 15 Grand Prix events in 2013 by Lewis Hamilton and winner at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Judah called the project a “tremendous opportunity” which “pushed the limits of what is possible with size and complexity in engineering.”

Mercedes-Benz can trace its motorsport origins back through three centuries, to 1894, when Daimler engines powered the world’s first winners on the rough roads of France.

Luxury cars are increasingly becoming the focus of design installations, with an Audi TT forming the basis of a futuristic installation at Design Miami/ Basel in June and a BMW exhibition set for the London Design Festival this September.


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