A favorite with my art students, Swedish Artist Sculptor Claes Oldenburg passed 18 July 2022 at 93 years of age.
You may have seen some of his well known sculptures. They are huge!
Oldenburg also created giant soft sculptures– some of food- hamburger, cheeseburgers, ice cream cone, profiterole. He took everyday objects and created giant sculptures.
The Clothespin in Philadelphia
Batcolumn in Chicago
Spoonbridge and Cherry in Minneapolis
The Shuttlecocks in Kansas weren’t immediately embraced“…..four-large-sculpture birdies placed throughout The Nelson-Atkins-Musueum-of-Arts-Green by husband and wife team Claes-Oldenburg and Coose-van-Bruggen.(d. 2009). Each birdie weighs 5500-pounds standing nearly 18-feet-tall.”
thanks for a tribute to Oldenburg!!! I love his “soft sculptures!”
His first wife helped sew them.
Fascinating. I’ve never heard of Oldenburg I particularly like the shuttlecock.
He made so many cool sculptures but I do think that shuttlecock is one of the best.
I have definitely seen some of his work!
That was quite some life he had, Ruth, making fun sculptures.
They make me smile.
Okay having a pickup truck probably wouldn’t help you trying to snag one of these! Fun to see. Dc
I love his sculptures! They are amazing. RIP.
And to think, I’ve never seen the spoon and cherry in Minneapolis. It was repainted, I believe, a year ago, shipped to New York or somewhere out East.
Oh no. I’ll have to do further research. Thank you Audrey. I owe you an email response. It’s coming.
This was the first time the big red fruit, which also acts as a fountain, had left the state since arriving in Minneapolis from Connecticut in 1988. The cherry makes a safe landing. Cherry and spoon reunited in the “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center on Friday.Feb 18, 2022
His work is a big deal around these parts.