I had just been reading about Sylvan Goldman’s invention of the shopping cart in Thomas Hine’s book, so shopping carts—(and how they are stored)—was already on my mind when followed a link to sculptor, Matt King’s web site.
Cart corrals—those ubiquitous steel structures peppered throughout the parking lots of America’s malls and supermarkets—are some of my favorite “found” sculptures. As objects that evoke both a whiff of the Wild West and the gluttony of contemporary consumerism, their presence always makes me chuckle. In 1999 I made 50 cart corral designs out of bendy straws and hot glue. They are as goofy as the original only smaller.
A lot of his other work also uses products & their packaging as raw materials. (See: Blister Pack, SPF30, & Mergers) A few of the sculptures from his SPF30 series even include folding chairs—the conceptual inspiration for Sylvan Goldman’s shopping cart invention.
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