Claes Oldenburg
Coosje van Bruggen
Geometric Apple Core, 1991

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Geometric Apple Core
Artist names
Claes OldenburgCoosje van Bruggen
Date created
latex paint, polyurethane and steel
92 in. × 55 in. × 42 in. (233.68 cm × 139.7 cm × 106.68 cm)
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
© Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Permanent URL
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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One of the artists explains: why make giant versions of everyday things?

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Some artists like big ideas. You could say Claes Oldenburg took big pretty literally here. He’s made dozens of sculptures like this, blowing up all kinds of common, everyday objects to impossible sizes. 50 foot tall clothespins. Giant tubes of lipstick. Binoculars the size of a house.  


Here’s another thing some artists like: manifestos. Oldenburg famously wrote one, back in 1961. We only have it in writing, but let’s imagine it sounds something like this: 


SFX: Sounds of a crowd, and applause, as if he has arrived on stage and is giving a speech in front of a stadium full of believers — 



I am for the art that a kid licks, after peeling away the wrapper.  


I am for an art that flaps like a flag, or helps blow noses, like a handkerchief.  


I am for an art that is eaten, like a piece of pie…  



And why not? Everyday objects are recognizable, relatable. But in Oldenburg’s hands, they become…not so familiar. The simple change in scale makes them absurd.  



I am for the art of underwear and the art of taxicabs. 


I am for the art of ice cream cones dropped on concrete. 


I am for an art that takes its form from the lines of life, that twists and extends impossibly and accumulates and spits and drips, and is sweet and stupid as life itself. 


SFX: Crowd cheers

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