Claes Oldenburg Soft Drainpipe - Blue (Cool) Version 1967

Artwork details

Artist
Claes Oldenburg born 1929
Title
Soft Drainpipe - Blue (Cool) Version
Date 1967
Medium Acrylic on canvas and steel
Dimensions Object: 2591 x 1876 x 356 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1970
Reference
T01257
Not on display

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An advertisement for a drainpipe was the source for this work. Like many of Oldenburg's sculptures, it renders a familiar object strange through its recreation in surprising materials and colours. The transformation of hard into soft objects is a recurrent theme in his sculpture. Adjusting the pulley can alter the appearance and dimensions of the work, producing a variety of shapes that suggest a crucified figure, an elephant's trunk and ears, or male genitalia.

August 2004

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