Porscheplatz – now governed by imposing buildings – was the location where the first 911 rolled of the assembly line in 1963.
So, to honor its core model – the iconic car that wrote itself into the history books – the marque needed something monumental and poetic to symbolize its quintessential status.
Mind you, there’s the reason why Porsche commissioned a 24 m (78 feet) high sculpture to be built in the Stuttgart district of Zuffenhausen. Placed right next to the Porsche museum, the obelisk pays homage to the rear-engined model, as it crowns its three pillars with 911 variants mounted on top.
Hailed from three different generations, the 901, 930 and 991 pay tribute to the icon’s vast history. Moreover, if you think the sculpture looks fairly familiar, it is because it was conceived by Gerry Judah – the British artist responsible for almost every Goodwood Festival of Speed monument. Come to think of it, the whole construction resembles Porsche’s 2013 Goodwood homage statue.
Still, there’s no denying the rig is a piece of art, as Matthias Mueller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, said:
“The sculpture that we present today is more than a work of art. It is also a symbol for our company’s close ties with Stuttgart.” In recent years, Porsche has invested around one billion Euros in facilities in the greater Stuttgart area.”
Moreover, if you have a keen eye for detail, you’ll notice the 991 variant on top of the monument is actually the facelifted version. So, if you don’t have the patience to wait for the car’s official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, you can go to Germany and see it suspended on the sculpture. Bring a nice camera and send us some pictures.