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The Work of Pop Art Master Claes Oldenburg

  • The cherry in Claes Oldenburg's Spoonbridge and Cherry, which sits in the sculpture garden near Minneapolis' Walker Art Center, weighs 1,200 pounds.
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    The cherry in Claes Oldenburg's Spoonbridge and Cherry, which sits in the sculpture garden near Minneapolis' Walker Art Center, weighs 1,200 pounds.
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  • Los Angeles' Binoculars Building is named after the sculpture by Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, that stands beside it.
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    Los Angeles' Binoculars Building is named after the sculpture by Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, that stands beside it.
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  • An imposing 66-foot statue designed by Oldenburg and van Bruggen stands at the head of the Cheonggye Stream, which runs through downtown Seoul, South Korea.
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    An imposing 66-foot statue designed by Oldenburg and van Bruggen stands at the head of the Cheonggye Stream, which runs through downtown Seoul, South Korea.
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  • Oldenburg and van Bruggen's Free Stamp sits in Willard Park in Cleveland.
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    Oldenburg and van Bruggen's Free Stamp sits in Willard Park in Cleveland.
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  • Oldenburg's Leaning Fork with Meatball and Spaghetti II, 1994 was part of the 2004 exhibition "Das Grosse Fressen," or "Food Galore," in Bielefeld, Germany.
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    Oldenburg's Leaning Fork with Meatball and Spaghetti II, 1994 was part of the 2004 exhibition "Das Grosse Fressen," or "Food Galore," in Bielefeld, Germany.
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  • The 19-foot-tall Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, by Oldenburg and van Bruggen, stands in view of traffic passing Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park.
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    The 19-foot-tall Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, by Oldenburg and van Bruggen, stands in view of traffic passing Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park.
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  • Oldenburg's Clothespin sits in the Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia, across from City Hall.
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    Oldenburg's Clothespin sits in the Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia, across from City Hall.
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  • Oldenburg's Il Corso del Coltello, or "The Knife Ship," is an electric-powered Swiss Army knife that's about 40-feet long with blades and a corkscrew that are continuously in motion. It was shown at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1986.
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    Oldenburg's Il Corso del Coltello, or "The Knife Ship," is an electric-powered Swiss Army knife that's about 40-feet long with blades and a corkscrew that are continuously in motion. It was shown at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1986.
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  • Oldenburg's lipstick sculpture stands at the entrance of the Old Opera in Frankfurt, Germany. Oldenburg designed a similar sculpture for Yale University, which was installed in 1974.
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    Oldenburg's lipstick sculpture stands at the entrance of the Old Opera in Frankfurt, Germany. Oldenburg designed a similar sculpture for Yale University, which was installed in 1974.
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