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Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Oldenburg and van Bruggen, Spoonbridge and Cherry
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Spoonbridge and Cherry, 1985-1988
aluminum, stainless steel, paint
354 x 618 x 162 in.

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Spoonbridge and Cherry was commissioned for the Walker Art Center in 1985. The work was installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in 1988. This work is one of two fountain sculptures created by Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen. The other work, Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels, is installed in Miami, Florida. For the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the two artists considered a design connecting Minnesota's Native American or Scandinavian heritages by creating a Viking ship prow or canoe pulled up on the shore of the pond. They finally chose the spoon and cherry design, which was closely connected with Oldenburg's use of common objects for the central theme in his monumental art. Oldenburg has used a spoon as a motif or theme in drawings or studies since the early 1960s. He has commented that the spoon was his idea and the cherry was van Bruggen's idea. Spoonbridge and Cherry has become a landmark for Minneapolis and this whimsical sculpture is a favorite among visitors to the Walker Art Center.

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