Quasi-Legal Skyscraper Rises Again

Quasi-Legal Skyscraper Rises Again

In 1991, Los Angeles-based artist Chris Burden decided to add a studio structure on his own property, but he wanted to make it as big as he could without a building permit. After pouring over the building code, he found he could build a detached structure as long as it was under 400 square feet and under 35 feet tall.

The result, Burden’s Small Skyscraper (Quasi-Legal Skyscraper), was intended to be “a modern day log cabin” that “two guys with a donkey could put up, and when the neighbor calls the building inspector, the guys can take it down again,” he told LA Weekly back in 2003.

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