Construction Art?



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A crane lifts a small house, dangling it above a construction site in the city of Karlsruhe in Germany. But this house won’t provide a roof to a small family. Look a little closer and you’ll see a mass of roots “growing” down from its floor.

It’s part of a city-wide festival called “The City is a Star,” and it’s just one of several unique art installations geared towards construction.


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Double Parked

Police, like all of us, occasionally get caught up in the job at hand and miss important details.

Case in point: Another of the Karlsruhe exhibitions, this time a truck with a conceptualized bed curving up the side of a building. At first glance, maybe it looked like a real truck illegally parked on the sidewalk? One officer seemed to think so, since he gave the truck a parking ticket.

The city later insisted the ticket was a joke. Of course it was.

(Bending trucks, by the way, seems to be an oddly specific hobby for the artist, Erwin Wurm.)


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Rising from the Ashes…er, Debris

Weighing in at around 20 tons each, and each about 100 feet long, the two phoenixes built by Chinese artist Xu Bing might have some components you’ll probably be able to spot pretty quickly.

The artist built his massive birds from construction equipment and debris from construction sites employing migrant workers. Intended to highlight the problems faced by these workers, the installation also transforms and lends a touch of raw beauty to the equipment it incorporates.


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The Prettiest Excavator

Created by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, New York City’s 2003 Gothic art collection included bulldozers, excavators, and other big equipment — all in a beautiful metal filigree.

Made from corten steel that’s laser-cut into ornate lattice, the pieces provide a unique take on the machines you use every day.

You Didn’t See This in Jurassic World

Behold: The Cateraptasaurus. Installed in 2007 at a Caterpillar equipment dealership in Baltimore, the yellow creature is built entirely from parts of old construction equipment — including a 1946-model Caterpillar pan scraper.

The dino weighs around six tons and is over 19 feet long. But we don’t think it’s chased Chris Pratt…yet.
And that’s our wrap-up of some unique and strange art featuring construction themes. Seen any other cool construction art? We’d love to hear about it!