Two parallel walls raisedclose to the entrance of the University of Sao Paulo’s Museum of Contemporary Artinvite us to go through a narrow passage. It’s unusual. Each one of them is madeof hundreds of small toy cars, which are vertically stacked, in the colors red,blue, green, yellow, grey, orange and brown. Named Chaos, the installation comprising thosetwo walls generates a claustrophobic sensation, even if the plastic miniatures alsoprovide the space with a playful aspect.Fun and at the same timedisturbing, crossing those walls through the wide and beautiful paths at themuseum’s entrance establishes a contrast with the suffocating landscapes on theside streets. The continuous noise and traffic jams on the two-way avenue and viaductsin front of the museum, cutting through the city, reverberate on the small carwalls and come back to us. They inevitably generate a feeling of strangeness.Eduardo Srur is an artist whosecurriculum is full of important and provocative experiences, which consistentlymake us remember environmental neglect, the dirt urban life throws onto rivers,litter accumulated all around, and the burden generated by waste. It’s interestingto think about how he does that.To complete the artwork, thepublic will be invited to activate it. Literally, the walls will collapse and, atthe end of the installation, in December, there will remain a huge horizontalmat made out of the small cars that covered the walls. There will be asufficient number of toys to create a miniature parking lot. And all that will thenbe donated.
text by Katia Canton, curator at MAC USP
4 thousand small plastic cars and scaffoids
6 x 4 x 3 m