The Burden of Bridges

Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills


Innocuous to the point of sublimity or ridiculousness. The one pictured here is from a 1916 toy catalog, others reproduce well-known bridges. What is the satisfying gambit?


In an age of tomfoolery, the forward-thinking mind pins all its hopes on expressly the pin that deflates the gasbag. Hence these mighty tiny pieces of execution (with an expert toymaster), clear and transparent as the child’s imagination, large enough to walk under, tiny in relation to the historical examples they mimic.

Chris Burden
The Antique Bridge
Erector Set