The Ruins of Nuclear Winter

Mike Grist Apocalypse, Art Ruins, Fantasy Ruins, Nuclear 1 Comment

Nuclear winter slathered down across the world like a rain of torrential lead paint, bowing our cities beneath it. Ceilings and structures collapsed under the deluge, walls crumbled, and humanity was washed away by a tide of toxic white sludge.

Gerry Judah sculpts the apocalypse. He builds out minutely detailed architectural models of buildings, then destructs them with a flood of white paint- leaving the canvas pitted, scored, and crusted with ruins. The sculptures are then hung on their sides in galleries, where viewers can peer deep through the blasted roofs and into the hollow bones of his work.

A sweeping view. Image from Gerry Judah.

Judah is of Jewish Iraqi descent, but grew up in India, where the ornate temples, mosques and synagogues of Calcutta fired his imagination. We can see that deep passion for detail reflected in these apocalyptic works- every snippet of detail is clearly there by design: from curls of snapped power line to twisted satellite dishes.

Stunning attention to detail. Image from Gerry Judah.

Judah has done work for the British Museum, the Imperial Art Museum, the BBC, for Paul McCartney, for the Who, been exhibited in numerous prestigious locations, and yearly produces a stunning macro sculpture for the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Ruined dome. Image from Gerry Judah.

Stunning fragments of forgotten worlds. Image from Gerry Judah.

One of Judah’s sculptures prior to hanging. Image from Gerry Judah.

Here’s a video taking us closer into his work-

Gerry Judah: Paintings from Sam Marcuson on Vimeo.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

As I mentioned above, he also produces amazing macro sculptures for the Goodwood Festival of Speed. He has a pretty phenomenal range.

Massive Alfa Romeo sculpture, 2010. Image from Gerry Judah.

Audi sculpture, 2009. Image from Gerry Judah.

See more of Judah’s work here.

See more Fantasy Ruins here:

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See all my real world ‘haikyo/ruin’ explores in Japan here:

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See a curation of curious world ruins here.

Read my stories inspired by ruin here.

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