Artwork details

Highway to Heaven
Hydrostone, aqua-resin, cardboard, tempera
109,2 x 66 x 92,7 cm
Hannah Greely

Courtesy of the artist.


Highway to Heaven, 2016
The work Highway to Heaven shows an almost hallucinatory vision in which a motorway rises into the sky. The sculpture belongs to a series in which Hannah Greely explores the combination of two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms of expression, with five frames placed around a motif. The result is a hybrid between relief and sculpture, where the cars and the clouds are portrayed in a naïve and cartoon-like idiom that is enhanced by the rough surface of the concrete. In many respects Los Angeles is the ultimate “city of cars”, where scattered areas are connected by a network of motorways that also generate enormous traffic problems and pollution. Motorways have also provided a key motif in the art history of Los Angeles, as can be seen in Ed Ruscha’s photographs of the city’s parking spaces and petrol stations from the 1960s. Unlike Ruscha’s concrete portrayal of the motorway, Greely’s sculpture displays a supernatural motif in which the cars are nearly flying up towards the sky. The title Highway to Heaven is also the name of a California-based TV series from the 1980s that was about two angels who were sent to Earth to help people.


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