IN: Inspiration


Lost in storage, one of the first pieces ever commissioned by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has been rediscovered!


Christine Mehring, an art history professor at the University of Chicago and a researcher at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, found a major work by German artist, Wolf Vostell, in storage and has spent the last six years trying to get it back into the public eye. She has finally succeeded…


The work in question is a public sculpture entitled “Concrete Traffic” that consists of a 1957 Cadillac de Ville car encased in concrete. It was created by Vostell in Chicago in 1970. Vostell was a member of the Fluxus group of artists, a loosely organized, international collective. Fluxus members were “anti-art” arguing that art shouldn’t be elitist but available to the masses. “Concrete Traffic” is the largest Fluxus object in existence. The cadillac is encased entirely in concrete except for its undercarriage and tyres. It weighs over 16 tons. “Concrete Traffic” will come out of storage for a procession featuring Cadillacs and cement mixers that will wind past Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art on its way to its new permanent home - a parking spot at the University of Chicago, Illinois.

David Katzive

This public event has been named Concrete Happenings and will take place in late September 2016. A whole series of “happenings” - exhibitions, performances, screenings, talks and workshops - is planned. The event not only marks an important moment in art history, but invites car lovers and art lovers alike to engage with public art and its power to influence the cultural collective. For more information please visit


Related Articles