In 1966, Metzger and others organised the Destruction in Art Symposium in London. This was followed by another in New York in 1968. The Symposium was accompanied by public demonstration of Auto-destructive art including the burning of Skoob Towers by John Latham. These were towers of books (skoob is books in reverse) and Latham's intention was to demonstrate directly his view that Western culture was burned out.
In 1960, the Swiss artist Jean Tinguely made the first of his self-destructive machine sculptures, Hommage a New York, which battered itself to pieces in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Arts: Back on the Road to Ruin after Years of Obscurity, Gustav Metzger Has Returned with the Art of Self-Destruction. by Imogen O'Rorke
Oct 26, 1998; A small but eager press corps turned up to witness the return of British art's oldest vandal, Gustav Metzger, at the Museum of...