Shannon Goff is an amazing sculptor from Detroit who creates beautiful artwork using clay or cardboard. Working with Sculpture, Ceramics and Drawing, some of her previous work includes a helicopter, a piano, a dashboard and few ceramic works exhibition. Now for her latest installation titled “Miles to Empty”, the artist has created a full-scale replica of her grandfather’s 1979 Lincoln Continental using cardboard only. The one-off sculpture will on display at Susanne Hilberry gallery until November 14th, 2015.
Measuring 19′ x 6’5″ x 4’9″, the full-scale cardboard replica has been crafted to perfection both on the outside and the inside by the artist. The sculpture is based on the Special Edition Collector’s Series 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V which her grandfather purchased when she was five-years-old. The 1979 “land yacht” was created by the artist in her garage studio after undertaking research at the Benson Ford Research Center, Dearborn, Michigan. The project is supported by grants from the College of Architecture and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
The monumental sculpture features a highly- complex interior scheme with an all-white exterior finish. The dashboard, logo, side mirrors, steering wheel and the cardboard tires clearly reflects the hard work that has gone into the manufacturing process. Goff demonstrates a high level of skill and ingenuity, which used to be present in all manufacturing before the production line eradicated first the hand, then the whole individual. Each part of the car is uniquely made, and in making it, she has imagined the many hands that collectively fabricated the vehicles on the Lincoln company assembly line.
Admirers and fans can get a glimpse of the full-scale cardboard replica of the 1979 Lincoln Continental by Shannon Goff until November 14th, 2015 at Susanne Hilberry Gallery.