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SUPERSIZE IT!. A lesson based on the work of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. By Mrs. Bowen.

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SUPERSIZE IT!

A lesson based on the work of

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

By Mrs. Bowen


Claes Oldenburg was born 1/28/29, in Stockholm, Sweden, but spent most of his childhood in the United States. He studies at Yale University and the Art Institude of Chicago, before moving to New York City in 1956.

Coosje van Bruggen was born in Groningen, the Netherlands, on June 6, 1942, Coosje van Bruggen received a master's degree in art history from the University of Groningen. She first worked with Oldenburg in 1976 on Trowel I.


Together, Oldenburg and van Bruggen have made over forty Large-Scale Projects in response to commissions by various cities, towns, and museums around the world.

  • Ordinary objects are the starting points for independent sculptures on a monumental scale,

Ordinary objects are the starting points for sculptures on a monumental scale.


Claes Oldenburg’s 45-foot-high,

10-ton sculpture stands in downtown Philadelphia.

What do you think the name of the sculpture is?

Clothespin

I hope that was your first guess.

http://www.xcp.bfn.org/clothespin.jpg


Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van BruggenSpoonbridge and Cherry Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

http://www.artsconnected.org/artsnetmn/whatsart/oldec01d.jpg


An average spoon is 6 inches long.This spoon is 57 feet longHow many times larger is the sculpture to the real spoon?

http://www.artsconnected.org/artsnetmn/whatsart/oldec01d.jpg


An average spoon is 6 inches long.This spoon is 57 feet longThis sculpture is 114 times larger than a real spoon.

http://www.artsconnected.org/artsnetmn/whatsart/oldec01d.jpg


Corridor Pin, Blue , 1999Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/images/cimg2626.JPG


The safety pin sculpture is about 21 feet high (about 6.4 meters).  A real safety pin is about 3.0 centimeters big.  What kind of scale do you think they used to make the sculpture?

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The safety pin sculpture is about 21 feet high (about 6.4 meters).  A real safety pin is about 3.0 centimeters big.  Which of the following is closest to the scale used to make the sculpture?

  • A. - 1 : 70

  • B. - 1 : 100

  • C. - 1 : 200


Sorry

Try Again


Correct

Now you know something about scale.


This is how I figured it out.

  • 3.0 cm : 6.4 m

  • 3 cm : 640 cm

  • 3/3 : 640/3

  • 1 : 213.33

http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/images/cimg2626.JPG


A scale is the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it.

  • 1 : 3 means that the second object/drawing is three times large than the first


Architects and scenic designers will use a scale to help them figure out how big they should make their model so that it will be an accurate representation of the real thing.


On the left: http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/michigan/grandrapids/meijer/oldenburg2.jpgOn the right: http://p.vtourist.com/1/922957-Art_Museums_Galleries-Kansas_City.jpg

More sculptures by

Claes Oldenburg


Claus Oldenburg's Giant 3-Way Plug (Cube Tap), 1970-71,

Located on the grounds of the St. Louis Art Museum.

http://www.clt.astate.edu/wallen/digits/Oldenburg/wpe2D.jpg


http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~bsettles/europe2003/pix/de_oldenburg.jpg


The following slides represent three dimensional scale work that middle school children created.


Your assignment is to bring in an object from home that you will use to create a larger two-dimensional representation of that object. The object that you bring in may not be larger than 10cm X 10 cm, or 100 square centimeters (approximately 4 inches X 4 inches).


You will complete worksheets that will take you through the steps of creating your scale object. When your work has been checked, you will start the final project. This project should take three or four days, depending on the complexity of the object you choose to work with.


SUPERSIZE IT! Rubric


Here are some examples of excellent work.


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