Upright Standing 23 feet tall and weighing 2,300 pounds, a huge garden trowel appears to have fallen from the sky and landed right in the middle of Rockefeller Center.
It’s a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, which was unveiled on Tuesday as a tribute to New York’s revival.
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“Plantoir, Blue”, in painted aluminum and stainless steel, will be visible until May 6.
Oldenburg and van Bruggen, who presented a similar sculpture in red on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2002, are known to have achieved the fruit bowl, tool shed and toy chest for familiar shapes and colors. Then they would magnify and animate those objects, “fixing them in moments of energetic movement,” Rock Center representatives say.
Among the works of Oldenburg and van Bruggen, the best known are “Spoonbridge and Cherry” in Minneapolis, “Flying Pins” in Eindhoven, “Clothespin” in Philadelphia and “Dropped Cone” in Cologne.
You can see “Plantoir, Blue” at Rockefeller Center anytime through May 6.
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