A Cadillac encased in concrete, considered a major piece of art, is back

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The piece was created on site in a commuter parking lot Downtown by pouring 16 tons of cement over a 1957 Cadillac. (DNAinfo)

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HYDE PARK — A University of Chicago professor has rediscovered one of the first pieces ever commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, and with the help of her colleagues is reviving it on the university’s campus.

Christine Mehring, an art history professor at the university and a researcher at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, found a major work by a German artist in storage and has spent the last six years trying to get it back into the public.

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On Sept. 30, “Concrete Traffic,” a 1957 Cadillac encased in 16 tons of concrete by artist Wolf Vostell in 1970, will come out of storage for a procession with Cadillacs and cement mixers past the museum to its permanent home, a parking spot at the university’s north parking garage, 5505 S. Ellis Ave.

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