SUPERSIZE IT!. A lesson based on the work of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. By Mrs. Bowen.
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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 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?
I hope that was your first guess.
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?
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?
Now you know something about scale.
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
Claus Oldenburg's Giant 3-Way Plug (Cube Tap), 1970-71,
Located on the grounds of the St. Louis Art Museum.
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.