This June, Erwin Wurm (b. 1954 in Bruck an der Mur/Styria, Austria) will bring Hot Dog Bus to one of New York City’s most popular summer destinations, Brooklyn Bridge Park. This modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus has been transformed into a bright yellow, overstuffed food truck from which free hot dogs will be served to visitors all summer, hinting at the gastronomic connections between the City’s most iconic street food and the artist’s Austrian homeland. The bus’ bloated form will encourage audiences to reconsider the relationship between capitalism and consumption in today’s culture, while the act of eating, according to Wurm, can be considered an additive sculptural process in its own right.
Wurm is well known for his works that redefine the very idea of sculpture, dissolving the limits between spectator and participant. In Hot Dog Bus, as with his celebrated One Minute Sculpture series, it is the participation of the viewer that “completes” the work. The manipulations of volume, form, and gravity have also long been interests of the artist. He has anthropomorphized everyday objects in ways that distort, bloat, or shrink their shape, most notably altering automobiles in his Fat Car series. All of these ideas are fully realized in Hot Dog Bus: by modifying a Volkswagen Microbus to create an almost surreal experience of a corporeal food truck serving hot dogs, Wurm invites visitors to explore the transformation of form of an everyday object as well as the potential of human action to create sculpture. Hot Dog Bus is the U.S. premiere of Curry Bus, reimagined for New York, and will create an absurd, yet approachable sculptural experience encouraging visitors to challenge the fundamental definitions of art.
On weekends, this mobile artwork will be on view, serving free hot dogs at multiple locations along Brooklyn Bridge Park’s 1.3 miles of waterfront.
The exhibition is curated by Public Art Fund Associate Curator, Daniel S. Palmer.