Claes Oldenburg Giant 3-Way Plug Scale 2/3 1970

Artwork details

Artist
Claes Oldenburg born 1929
Title
Giant 3-Way Plug Scale 2/3
Date 1970
Medium Wood
Dimensions Object: 1473 x 991 x 749 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1971
Reference
T01266
Not on display

Display caption

Many of Oldenburg’s sculptures transform household objects through radical changes of scale, encouraging the viewer to see ordinary items in a new light. This is one of a series of works, made in different sizes and using different materials, based on an American electrical plug. Others have been made in Bakelite, cardboard and masonite. This suspended, mahogany version was associated by the artist with the hanging lights inside the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul.

February 2011

About this artwork