George Segal

The Gas Station

1963
“When I first showed The Gas Station a lot of people were horrified at 15 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.”
Artist
Title
The Gas Station
Date
1963
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
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
Dimensions
installation space: 2.59 x 7.32 x 1.22 m
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1968
Accession number
15560