Concrete Traffic

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On January 15, 1970, the German Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell (1932–1998) had a 1957 Cadillac DeVille covered in sixteen tons of concrete to be exhibited as “event sculpture” in a parking lot on Ontario Street outside of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Today, Concrete Traffic counts as one of the most significant public art works not only in the University’s collection but in the history of 20th-century art. Supported by the Neubauer Collegium in partnership with the Gray Center, we are collaborating with New York–based conservator Christian Scheidemann to conserve the sculpture and return it to campus. We will discuss the work’s significance as well as our conservation process.