The husband and wife team of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen were commissioned in 1992 to design a sculpture for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They responded to the formality of the Museum’s 1933 neoclassical building and the green expanse of its lawn by imagining the Museum as a badminton net and the lawn as a playing field. The pair designed four birdies or shuttlecocks that were placed as though they had just landed on opposite sides of the net. Each shuttlecock weighs 5,500 pounds, stands nearly 18 feet tall and has a diameter of some 16 feet.

Claes Oldenburg和Coosje van Bruggen的夫妻團隊於1992年受委託為納爾遜 – 阿特金斯藝術博物館設計雕塑。 他們通過將博物館想像成羽毛球網和草坪作為運動場來回應博物館1933年新古典主義建築的正式性和草坪的綠色廣闊。 兩人設計了四隻小鳥或羽毛球,好像剛剛落在網的兩側。 每個羽毛球重達5,500磅,高約18英尺,直徑約16英尺。

Title: Shuttlecocks
Founded by: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Date of establishment: 1994
Actual size: w4873.75 x h5855.21 ft (Overall)
Culture: American
Type: Sculpture
Right: Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the Sosland Family © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Material: Aluminum, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, paint

成立於:Claes Oldenburg和Coosje van Bruggen
實際尺寸:w4873.75 x h5855.21英尺(總體)
右:購買:通過Sosland家族的慷慨收購©Claes Oldenburg和Coosje van Bruggen,©Claes Oldenburg和Coosje van Bruggen

Fifteen years ago, four giant shuttlecocks landed on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Designed by sculptors Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, the shuttlecocks received a mixed reception when they were first installed, but now they’ve become Kansas City icons. They add a whimsical touch to the classical exterior of the Nelson-Atkins. The contemporary glass Bloch Building (and it does look like glass blocks) addition to the east further lightens the mood. The Bloch contains the museum’s contemporary and African collections nad provide access to the outdoor sculpture garden, which features the works of many artists, including Henry Moore.

十五年前,四隻巨型羽毛球落在密蘇里州堪薩斯城的尼爾森 – 阿特金斯藝術博物館。 由雕塑家Claes Oldenburg和Coosje van Bruggen設計的羽毛球在首次安裝時收到了混合的接待,但現在它們已成為堪薩斯城的標誌。 它們為尼爾森 – 阿特金斯的古典外觀增添了一種異想天開的感覺。 當代玻璃布洛赫大廈(它看起來像玻璃磚)除了東部之外進一步減輕了心情。 Bloch包含博物館的當代和非洲收藏品,並提供進入戶外雕塑花園的通道,其中包括許多藝術家的作品,包括亨利摩爾。


FROM:The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Shuttlecocks


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