Chris Burden's Erector Sculptures

Hi everyone, Doc here, with something special and truly noteworthy in the metal construction toy hobby: the latest Erector-based creation from performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden. Thanks to Girders & Gears reader and contributor Mike Kaye, we have the first photos of Burden's amazing work, the tallest, largest, and heaviest Erector project ever created.

Curved Bridge, 2003, 8 x 32 x 5 feet

Burden has been designing and building Erector sculptures for a decade using original and reproduction Type I Erector girders and other parts. They range from the simple and compact Indo-China Bridge (2002), a traditional Erector model design, to the gallery sized Hell Gate Bridge (1998) and Curved Bridge (2003, shown in the photo at left). Burden's latest and greatest work, titled "What My Dad Gave Me", is shown in the photos below. It will be on display in New York City beginning in June.

For more information on Burden's works, see the links at the bottom of this page.

Burden tower headed to NYC
Leaving for New York today from the artist's Topanga studio is Chris Burden's sculpture "What My Dad Gave Me," a 65-foot, 16,000-pound skyscraper made of approximately 1 million replica toy construction parts. The work, to be presented by Public Art Fund and hosted by Tishman Speyer, co-owners of Rockefeller Center, will be displayed at Rockefeller Center June 10-July 19.

Burden's assistant, Katy Lucas, said Wednesday that the artwork, a tribute to Burden's father, who worked at Rockefeller Center, would travel in three pieces via oversized truck for about a week. "It's definitely a wide load," she said.

Though previous Burden artworks have been constructed from original Erector set pieces, Lucas said "What My Dad Gave Me" was made of stamped steel metal replica parts because the real parts are prone to rust.

The Tower

Tower Detail