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Claes Oldenburg (1929 - )
Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm. He studied at Yale and the Art Institute of Chicago. He established himself in the early 1960s with a series of installations and performances on New York's Lower East Side. He installed Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks on the Yale campus in 1969, which became a controversial focus for student protest, and Clothespin in downtown Philadelphia in 1976. His recent work, with Coosje van Bruggen, is the 144-foot-long, 64-foot-high Cupid's Span for Rincon Park on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
Lipstick (Ascending)
Pool Balls
Knife Ship


Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks, 1969-74
Cor-Ten steel, steel, aluminum, cast resin; painted with polyurethane enamel
23 ft. 6 in. x 24 ft. 11 in. x 10 ft. 11 in. (7.2 x 7.6 x 3.3 m)
Samuel F. B. Morse College, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Photo by Attilio Maranzano

Fabricated by Lippincott, Inc., North Haven, Connecticut, and members of The Colossal Keepsake Corporation. Engineer: J. Robert Jennings
Commissioned January 1969 by Stuart Wrede and students at the Yale School of Architecture
Originally installed May 15, 1969, in Beinecke Plaza (Hewitt Quadrangle), Yale University
Installed and inaugurated October 17, 1974
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