reCARstruction – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Atlas Obscura


Pittsburgh Children’s Museum

A giant ball made from pieces of an old Jeep. 


Spotting an old Jeep isn’t usually a sight that’ll stop you in your tracks. But finding an old Jeep crushed and smushed into a large ball? Well, that’s different.

This unique sculpture, called reCARstruction, is an enormous orb created from bits of a 1983 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It looks like some giant being took the car in its hand and squeezed tight, much like how someone would crumple a piece of paper.

The car was completely dissected, then rearranged to take the shape of a nine-foot-diameter ball. The vehicle, which no doubt once carted people across various distances, is now a hollow shell. Its motor housings, rockers, and gears were all flipped inside-out so they’d appear on the sculpture’s surface.

The odd artwork was created by artist Keny Marshal in 2009. He installed it near the side of the parking lot adjacent to the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, which owns the piece.

Know Before You Go

The parking lot costs $6 to park. However, you can see it driving by. You do not need to enter the museum to see the sculpture. It is on the corner of Children's Way and West Commons.

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