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Chris Burden's Giant Erector Sculptures

Curved Bridge, 2003, 8 x 32 x 5 feet

Hi folks, Doc here, with something special and truly noteworthy in the metal construction toy hobby: the latest Erector-based creation from performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden. Thanks to Girders & Gears reader and contributor Mike Kaye, we have the first photos of Burden's amazing work, the tallest, largest, and heaviest Erector project ever created.

Burden has been designing and building Erector sculptures for well over a decade using original and reproduction Type I Erector girders and other parts. They range from the simple and compact Indo-China Bridge (2002), a traditional Erector model design, to the gallery sized Hell Gate Bridge (1998) and Curved Bridge (2003, shown in the photo at right). Burden's latest and greatest work, titled "What My Dad Gave Me", is shown in the photos below. For more information on Burden's works, see the links at the bottom of this page.

Triple 21-foot truss bridge, 2013; stainless steel reproduction Mysto Type I Erector parts

Hell Gate, 1998-99, metal toy construction parts (Meccano and Erector) and wood

Burden Tower Displayed In New York City
Chris Burden's monumental sculpture "What My Dad Gave Me," a 65-foot, 16,000-pound skyscraper made of approximately 1 million replica Mysto Erector Type I parts, was on display June 11, 2008 – July 19, 2008, in Rockefeller Plaza in front of Rockefeller Center, Manhattan. The artwork, a tribute to Burden's father who worked at Rockefeller Center, was moved in three pieces via oversized truck for about a week.

Though previous Burden artworks have been constructed from original Erector set pieces, "What My Dad Gave Me" was made of stamped steel metal replica parts because the real parts are prone to rust.

"What My Dad Gave Me" on display in front of Rockefeller Center in 2008

The Tower

Tower Detail