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Giant Three-Way Plug, Scale A

Artist
Claes Oldenburg, American (born Sweden), born 1929
Date
1970–71
Material
Cor-Ten steel and bronze
Made in
North Haven, Connecticut, New England, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Outdoor, North Entrance
Dimensions
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.
Rights
© 1971 Claes Oldenburg
Object Number
21:1971
NOTES
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.
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