Wolf Vostell (1932-1998)

Image of Wolf Vostell's Concrete Traffic sculpture

Created 1970
Originally installed 1970
Reinstalled 2016

Concrete, 1957 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan de Ville
Width: 89.5 in (173.99 cm)
Length: 231 in (25.4 cm)
Weight: 16.2 tons

Located at Campus North Parking Garage
5525 S Ellis Ave

Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Artist Profile


Conceived by Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell (1932–1998) as an “instant happening” and an “event sculpture,” Concrete Traffic was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA). On the morning of January 16, 1970, in a busy Chicago commuter parking lot, Chicago artisans brought Vostell’s vision to life, pouring concrete over a 1957 Cadillac deVille to create the monumental concrete sculpture. Concrete Traffic spent several months in the lot until the artist and the MCA gifted the sculpture to the University of Chicago, where it was sited in an outdoor lot at 60th Street and South Ingleside Avenue—the current site of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

Concrete Traffic spent nearly 40 years exposed to the elements, until a major four-year conservation effort was undertaken between June 2012 and September 2016, complemented by material investigation and a series of workshops. (For more information about these efforts, visit neubauercollegium.uchicago.edu).

Related Links

Concrete Happenings

Material Matters at the Neubauer Collegium

Smart Museum of Art: Monochrome Multitudes, on display through January 8, 2023


Conserving Concrete Traffic
Concrete Traffic Procession to the University of Chicago