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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


Pool Balls, 1977
Reinforced concrete
Three balls, each 11 ft. 6 in. (3.5 m) diameter
Aaseeterrassen, Münster, Germany
Photo by Attilio Maranzano

Fabricated by Hermann Borchard Betonwerk, Roxel, Germany. Engineer: Gerhard Isenmann
Commissioned September 1976 by the Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, for the exhibition Skulptur, sponsored by the province of Westphalia, the state of North Rhine Westphalia, and the city of Münster
Installed June 6, 1977
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