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Mexican artist’s sculpture aims to drive attention to Automobile Alley, exhibit

The Oklahoman • August 04, 2022
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Dangling from a towering crane, the black 1975 Plymouth Duster glints in the summer sun as a team of workers carefully angles the polished hood to face N Broadway Avenue.

Under the watchful eye of Mexican artist Gonzalo Lebrija, workers in hard hats guided the classic car nose down toward a hole lined with and surrounded by a black rubber waterproof membrane.

"I like that it's really in a kind of garden, like an urban garden, and it's on this avenue, the Automobile Alley," Lebrija told The Oklahoman. "It has a history ... and it’s nice when the work also can achieve some new ideas over time."

As midday traffic zipped along — with occasional slowdowns as drivers noticed the roadside action — the installation team on Tuesday perfectly parked Lebrija's car at its extraordinary off-the-ground angle. They then propped a ladder against the now-vertical undercarriage so one team member could climb up, remove the hefty hook and free the Plymouth from the crane.

When the 2,500-pound car proved sturdily balanced on the armature attached under the front bumper, some bystanders shouted triumphantly.


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