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Ever Burning American Flag


This 'Ever Burning American Flag' artwork is an Unrealized Artwork digital collectible from the 'Beyond Limits: Unrealized Artworks of Chris Burden' Collection.

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USD $485(0.15ETH)

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3840 x 2160


The concept gained traction in 2007 when Burden communicated with the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, as Burden had participated in a previous residency at the institution.

He sought a material that could withstand both fire and wind to bring his vision to life. However, despite extensive efforts, practical challenges and conceptual debates led to its unrealized status.

Conversations about this provocative project were frequent among the artist and his studio staff. Controversy arose due to its visual similarity to flag burning and potential legal concerns; logistical concerns, such as fabric formulation and approvals from relevant authorities, further hindered the project.

Though Burden continued to explore potential avenues for execution, this remarkable emblem of American resilience remained confined to the realm of concept, drawings, and imagination until now...