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Go See: Public Art Fund and Chris Burden’s “What my Dad Gave Me” at Rockefeller Center, New York until July 19

June 17th, 2008

What My Dad Gave Me at the Rockefeller Center, Chris Burden via Artdaily

Chris Burden has installed a piece called What My Dad Gave Me at the Rockefeller Center’s Channel Gardens. In brief, it is a 65-foot skyscraper made completely out of small, stainless steel Erector Set pieces. This six-story exhibition is presented by the Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer.

Erector Set Skyscraper at Rockefeller Center Is Adult Fantasy [Bloomberg]
An Artist’s Vision: Building With Toys, but on a Grand Scale [New York Times]
Chris Burden: What My Dad Gave Me [Public Art Fund]
Public Art Fund Opens Chris Burden’s What My Dad Gave Me at Rockefeller Center [Artdaily]

A worker assembling the tower via New York Times

This skyscraper has been put together with over one million stainless steel replicas of the popular 20th century building toy, Erector Set. The juxtaposition of the toy building materials against it’s massive size create interest, as the structure stands as both a model and as a large-scale building.

What My Dad Gave Me at the Rockefeller Center, Chris Burden via Public Art Fund

“I have always wanted to build a model skyscraper using Erector parts. The model skyscraper, built from a toy and 65 feet in height, takes on the dimensions of a full sized building. The circle of actual buildings inspiring a toy in 1909, which is then used to build a model skyscraper the size of an actual building in 2008, is a beautiful metamorphosis.” Says Chris Burden. (via Public Art Fund)

Video of Chris Burden’s 65-foot tall Erector set skyscraper in NYC’s Rock Center. (BBC via C-Monster)

What My Dad Gave Me at the Rockefeller Center, Chris Burden via New York Times

The title of the piece, What My Dad Gave Me, references Burden’s engineer father who once worked at Rockefeller Center.

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