When you reach one hundred years in any business, it’s most definitely a cause for celebration. Audi just joined the few manufacturers that have lived to see 100 years, with Bugatti, Mercedes Benz, Fiat, and General Motors among those that that have been fortunate enough to make it this long. To celebrate this event Audi presented a 35m tall steel sculpture, created in honor of 100 anniversary of Audi by Gerry Judah. The 35 meter high sculpture features two Audi cars – the legendary 1937 Auto Union streamliner as well as the just launched R8 V10 sports car suspended in the air, at either end of a dramatic ‘swoosh’ of tyre tracks, as if they are driving off into the sky.
The sculpture it’s made entirely of steel and although the design looks simple, it’s actually extremely complex, because the structure has to be rigid and completely balanced without the need for hundreds of supporting props. The total weight of the structure is 40 tonnes – and it took 12 men four weeks to fabricate, assemble and install. – Via – Toxel