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In 2008, thousands of Chicagoans mourned the loss of "the Spindle," a 50-foot-tall sculpture of skewered automobiles in Berwyn.
Shuler's Spindle was installed in 1989 and featured in the 1992 film, Wayne's World. It also appeared in postcards, maps, and tourism brochures.
As famous as the "eight car pile-up" was though, not everyone was fond of its quirkiness. Several Berwyn residents considered it an eyesore, and in 1990, the majority of them had voted for it to be removed.
After receiving no bids on its eBay auction, the sculpture was disassembled on May 2, 2008 to make way for the shopping center's new Walgreens pharmacy.
The Spindle wasn't Shuler's only big artwork, though. In 1982, he made "Pinned Butterfly," a Cessna 150 aircraft that was pinned to a Los Angeles four-story brick building with a large steel nail. And in Sarasota, Florida, in 2008, he created "Dance," featuring 12 cars in a circle, their front ends pointed skyward.
Still, it was the Spindle that received worldwide attention, and it will likely be the work that Shuler is most remembered for.
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