Friday, November 21, 2008

Jeff Koons.


Still in its planning stages, Train is a life-sized replica of a 1943 Baldwin steam locomotive that will hang from a crane outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Above, the model of Train in Koons’s studio.) The wheels will turn, the whistle will blow, and at 161 feet in vertical height, it will be visible from miles away. It’s a delirious, death-defying feat of engineering and imagination, and, if it indeed gets built, it will become the first iconic monument of the 21st century.