TRUCK STOP: thewritersblocklv (and others) have captured Mike Ross' "Big Rig Jig" being assembled at Fergusons Motel, which gives it time to be ready for the Life is Beautiful Festival. . . Intent: Ross designed it to comment on the global unsustainable use of oil. The two towering truck was first seen at Burning Man in 2007, then made a visit to the U.K. for Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition. Now, according to the artist's website, it will soon "be permanently installed in Las Vegas." . . . Press Clip: From a 2007 article in Wired: "Two 18-wheeler oil rigs smash into each other at Burning Man to represent the precariousness and danger of the oil economy in a piece called 'Big Rig Jig'."
But it’s a surreal truck crash. One is nosed into the ground, its body curving in a C shape back and to the right. Its back end is smashed into the middle of another, dangling in the air with its cab facing down and its tanker curved up and to the left.
"When people stand under it and see a big truck hovering over you, it should give a sense of danger and fear and that something is wrong," Ross is quoted as saying.
MORE DANGER: Other works for Life is Beautiful (September 23 - 25) will be curated by Charlotte Dutoit and include artists Shepard Fairey, BEZT (Etam Cru), Crystal Wagner, Dulk, Fafi, Felipe Pantone, Amanda Parer - Intrude, Mark Drew, Martin Whatson and Tristan Eaton.
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.