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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