- Claes Oldenburg, American (born Sweden), born 1929
- Cor-Ten steel and bronze
- Made in
- North Haven, Connecticut, New England, United States, North and Central America
- Current Location
- On View, Outdoor, North Entrance
- 57 x 116 x 78 in. (144.8 x 294.6 x 198.1 cm)
weight: 3500 lb. (1587.6 kg)
- Credit Line
- Gift of the Shoenberg Foundation, Inc.
- © 1971 Claes Oldenburg
- Object Number
Claes Oldenburg produces monumental sculptures of everyday consumer objects. Just outside the Main Building, an enormous three-way electrical plug lies partially buried in the ground. The artist has described it as resembling “an implement left over from a war, returning to nature.” Oldenburg first installed the sculpture in this location in 1971, noting that the plug reminded him of historic architecture. Here, its arching lines and recessed spaces complement the classical design of the Museum’s Main Building by architect Cass Gilbert.