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Statue of Liberty Covered in Hamburgers (Estatua de la Libertad recubierta de hamburguesas)

Marta Minujín1979

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
New York, United States

In February 1979, Marta Minujín wrote to the McDonald’s Corporation to request sponsorship for a project: “I write to you because I have an idea to be made with hamburgers.” Minujín planned to build an iron replica of the Statue of Liberty and install it lying down in New York’s Battery Park, a dormant icon awaiting revival. Visitors would be able to enter the sculpture and traverse walkways inside it. On the tenth day of the presentation, the artist proposed to stage a huge free lunch for the public, during which McDonald’s employees would ascend fire truck ladders and plaster the statue with hamburger patties, which would then be grilled by flamethrowers.

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