Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Research on Installations

I did a little research on a famous installation artist by the name of Claes oldenburg. Claes often partnered with Coosje van Bruggen and was famous for creating large scale sculptures representing everyday objects like clothes pegs or spoons.

I noticed something very interesting while going through their art that a lot of these sculptures were positioned in very precarious positions, making them look like they were almost about to fall, this aspect is wat made the sculptures even more interesting. Some examples where this is evident is in the "Shuttlecocks" and in the "Spoon and Cherry" sculptures. In the spoon and cherry the cherry is places right at the tip of the spoon making it look like one nudge to the spoon will make it roll down to the bottom. By choosing the objects "in motion" rather than just stationary makes the overall sculpture look a lot more dynamic.

One of my favorite art pieces is the "buried bicycle" where certain parts of the cycle are chosen to "protude" from the ground making it look like a real bicycle has been buried in the park.

Flying pins; Intersection of John F. Kennedylaan and Fellenoord Avenues, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Bicyclette Ensevelie (Buried Bicycle); Parc de La Villette, Paris

Shuttlecocks; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Spoonbridge and Cherry; Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

To view more of their works visit:

Another famous designer is "Christo" who works with his partner "Jean Claude". Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born both on June 13, 1935. Christo was born in Bulgaria and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. Christo studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia from 1953-56. Jeanne-Claude studied in France and Switzerland, and earned degrees in philosophy and Latin from the University of Tunis. They met in Paris in 1958 when Christo was commissioned to do a portrait of Jeanne-Claude’s mother.*

* (visit this site to view more of their works)

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