Los Angeles, California: Big Junk Sculpture made of Old Airplanes

"Airplane Parts" by sculptor Nancy Rubins is made of scraps of old airplanes wired together into a massive junk tree -- 25 feet tall and 65 feet across.

Museum of Contemporary Art

250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA
In downtown Los Angeles, outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art. I-110 exits 23B or 23C for Downtown/4th St. Once on 4th St., quickly take the exit for Hope St. Turn left onto Hope St., drive one block, turn right onto 3rd St., drive one block, then turn left onto Grand Ave. The museum will be on the right; the sculpture is set back from the street in a courtyard.
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Plane sculpture.

Big Junk Sculpture Made of Old Airplanes

According to its creator Nancy Rubins, this is a "huge, improbable structure and cannot obtain a clear sense of its boundaries." Hmmm. It's definitely huge, but it looks junky in this space. It might be better if it was displayed at an airport, except it would freak people out before a flight. I guess a city park is out because kids would mess with it. It's an interesting creation... and art is all about interpretation (I think). I like it, just not where it is.

[Deb Miller Marschke, 02/28/2018]

Airplane parts sculpture.

Big Junk Sculpture Made of Old Airplanes

Nancy Rubins' "Airplane Parts" was purchased by MOCA in 2002. Its full title is "Chas' Stainless Steel, Mark Thompson's Airplane Parts, About 1,000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire, and Gagosian's Beverly Hills Space at MOCA."

And it's BIG. Not really my kind of thing, though. More like Art, with a capital A.

[Dean Jeffrey, 05/17/2010]

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