F94-1/2 | Contemporary Art

Sculpture - American


Claes Oldenburg , American , b. 1929 , b. Sweden
Coosje van Bruggen , American , American, born the Netherlands, 1942 - 2009
Fabricator: Merrifield-Roberts, Inc. , American
Shuttlecocks, 1994

Aluminum, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, paint
h x diam: 230 9/16 × 191 7/8 inches (585.63 × 487.36 cm)

Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the Sosland Family

Gallery Location: Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park

Gallery Label

Gallery Label
Claes Oldenburg American, born Sweden 1929

Coosje van Bruggen American, born The Netherlands, 1942

Shuttlecocks, 1994 Aluminum, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, paint

The husband and wife team of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen were commissioned in 1994 to design a sculpture for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They responded to the formality of the original neoclassical building and the green expanse of its lawn by imagining the Museum as a badminton net and the lawn as a playing field. The pair designed four birdies or shuttlecocks that were placed as though they had just landed on opposite sides of the net. Each shuttlecock weighs 5,500 pounds, stands nearly 18 feet tall and has a diameter of some 16 feet.

Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the Sosland Family F94-1/2

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