This year the Central Feature at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is a unique and fairly prominent sculpture by Mercedes-Benz. Each year a car maker secures this prestigious spot to showcase an artwork that celebrates the brand. Mercedes’ feature pays homage to its 120 years of motorsport heritage.
Measuring 90 meters in length, spanning 45 meters over Goodwood House and standing 26 meter high, the Mercedes-Benz Sculpture is basically a 160-ton curve that acts as a stand for displaying cars. Despite the size of the thing, they’ve only put two cars on the ‘curve’, but they are very special cars and cover 80 years of motorsport heritage between them.
Those cars include a replica of the 1934 Mercedes-Benz W 25 Silver Arrow, and a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W04. The latter is an especially fitting tribute to Mercedes motorsport, as its successor, the F1 W05 HYBRID, is currently leading the F1 Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships.
In unveiling the sculpture, Lord March explained: “This year’s Central Feature is the most architecturally and artistically challenging sculpture that we’ve ever had at Goodwood and it’s a testament to the out-of-the-box thinking of Gerry Judah, which is very much aligned with our philosophy of constant innovation around the Festival of Speed. The result is a truly spectacular sight for all our Festival of Speed visitors to see.”