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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)
Clothespin
Pool Balls
Knife Ship
Spoonbridge
Slicing
Lipsticks

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Spoonbridge and Cherry, 1988
Stainless steel and aluminum painted with polyurethane enamel
29 ft. 6 in. x 51 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft. 6 in. (9 x 15.7 x 4.1 m)
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Photo courtesy of Walker Art Center

Fabricated by Lippincott, Inc., North Haven, Connecticut; Merrifield-Roberts, Inc., Bristol, Rhode Island; Paul E. Luke, Inc., East Boothbay, Maine. Engineer: J. Robert Jennings
Commissioned February 1985 by the Walker Art Center
Gift of Frederick R. Weisman in honor of his parents, William and Mary Weisman
Installed May 9, 1988
Inaugurated May 11, 1988

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