Creative New York: a cheerful yellow car with free hot dogs

Creative New York: a cheerful yellow car with free hot dogs

New York always surprises with its creativity. In Brooklyn Bridge Park every weekend from June 9th to August 26th , 2018 you can find an interesting food truck which gives free hot dogs to everyone.

The author of the idea is Erwin Wurm, an Austrian artist who has transformed a vintage Volkswagen Microbus into a yellow “overstuffed food truck”.

Wurm is well known for his works that redefine the very idea of sculpture, dissolving the limits between spectator and participant. 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.

Hot Dog Bus encourages us to rethink food and art as we know it. Wurm is interested in the similarities between modeling a statue in clay, increasing the volume of the bus, and even the act of eating, which adds mass to our own bodies. The artist sees all of these actions as sculptural processes in their own right. The artwork also highlights how everyday consumption might grow into gluttony, encouraging us to examine the connections between food, consumerism, and our bodies.

Why a hot dog on wheels? The mobile sculpture is a playful tribute to the gastronomic New York City’s staple street food. But despite the bus’ playful and endearing form, it is also meant to question material overconsumption with its bulbous form, as well as underscore the relationship between food and culture.

So, if you are in New York summer in the area of the Brooklyn Bridge Park come to admire this creative creation and try the classic American hot dog on Saturdays at pier 1 and on Sundays at pier 5 from 12 to 18.00.

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