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Claes Oldenburg

Imagine walking down the street and all of a sudden, you see a giant shovel sticking out of the ground! Now of course that’s not something you see everyday, but Claes Oldenburg is no ordinary artist. This Sweden born, American artist creates amazing pop art sculptures that can really catch someone’s attention. These one of-a-kind sculptures are usually of everyday objects made of different materials. Some examples are: Clothespin, Spoonbridge and Cherry, Architect’s Handkerchief, and Plantior. There are many other sculptures and drawings by Claes Oldenburg, those are just a few examples. As of 1976, Claes Oldenburg has worked in a partnership with another sculptor named Coojse van Bruggen. They both create large soft sculptures together.

The date that Claes Oldenburg was born is January 28, 1929. He was raised in Chicago after being brought from Sweden to America as an infant. He attended school at Yale and later went to the Art Institute of Chicago. After his studies in college and graduate school, he moved to New York City, where he established himself with a series of installations and performances that were influenced by his surroundings on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Oldenburg realized his first outdoor public monument in 1967. Together Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg have executed over forty Large-Scale Projects, which have been inserted into various urban surroundings in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

In 1977, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen were married. They have continued their artistic collaboration for over 25 years. Both American citizens, Oldenburg and van Bruggen's work reflects a creative sensibility that is informed by their native countries of origin, their distinct educational and professional histories, and their individual personalities.
Many of Oldenburg’s sculptures were made with stainless steel. Most of his sculptures are over 10 feet tall. Many of his objects are at an interesting angle and they make you look at it a second time. Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg are creative and original sculptors.

I am a personal fan of Claes Oldenbug’s work. I think that he is a one of a kind artist. He takes an everyday household object and transforms it into a bigger picture and he can completely change the perspective. Many of the objects he chooses are geometric shapes. He doesn’t distort the shape, but he makes you look at it in at a different view. I love the way that he uses vibrant colors and all of his sculptures are wonderful representations of things we see everyday and never think to appreciate them the way that we appreciate his work.