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The Gas Station, 1963

George Segal
American, 1924 - 2000
2 plaster figures, Coca-Cola machine, 71 glass bottles, 4 wooden crates, metal stand, 8 rubber tires, tire rack, 30 oil cans, electric clock, 6 concrete blocks, 2 windows of wood and plate glass
installation space: 2.59 x 7.32 x 1.22 m
Purchased 1968
National Gallery of Canada (no. 15560)
© The George and Helen Segal Foundation / SODRAC, Montreal / VAGA, New York (2013)

"When I first showed The Gas Station a lot of people were horrified at fifteen feet of blank emptiness in the centre of the piece,” Segal recounted in May 1968, “I was more concerned with how it felt to be in and pass by gas stations. I'm interested in the colours, the lights, the tired young man, the energetic older man, how long it takes me to walk the long corridor." Segal began The Gas Station prior to leaving for Paris in 1963. Initially the back wall was plastered with posters and signage, which he cleared away on his return to New York. The work was completed for an exhibition at the Green Gallery, New York in March 1964.

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