Everyday Objects on a Giant Scale Make Playful Art

Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen- Photo by Mark McDonald.

Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen- Photo by Mark McDonald.

If the aluminum giant struggling to emerge from the ground in St. Louis County ever makes it out, he can play badminton on the lawn of a museum in Kansas City, and have the turtles in a St. Louis park for pets.

Both Turtle Playground by Bob Cassilly and Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art take things from everyday life and radically increase their size to be the basis for works of art.

Jan Schall, Ph.D., Sanders Sosland curator of modern and contemporary art at the Nelson-Atkins, says she loves how the Shuttlecocks “say that art isn’t just about knuckling down and getting serious. This is also a place where you can have fun.” Because Missouri has so many striking artworks inspired by gigantic objects and animals, we thought it would be fun to delve into the strange and wonderful pleasures of art that depicts ordinary things blown way out of scale.

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Written by Barbara MacRobie, public information coordinator for the Missouri Arts Council.

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