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Lesson Plans

Re: oldenburg

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Sat, 16 Oct 1999 22:04:17 EDT

Another way of approaching the lesson might be to take the everyday objects
and change their appearance (a la Oldenburg). For instance, have the kids
stuff cloth to make a soft version of a hard object. Or use the papier mache
to make a hard version of a soft object. A good resource for you to use
might be the Oldenburg Retrospective catalog that was produced a couple of
years ago but I can't remember which museum organized it--but it's huge and
very comprehensive. Another suggestion would be, if there are any large
scale public sculptures by Oldenburg in your region, have the kids create a
monument using an everyday object.

I am in Cleveland where we have an enormous Oldenburg sculpture called the
Free Stamp--it's simply a desk clerk's rubber stamp turned on its side to
reveal the word "FREE" (written backwards because it is a stamp). The
sculpture is outside the Cleveland City Hall, and kids love it. Besides
dealing with the issues of Pop art transforming everyday life into "art," it
raises issues of what an artist means when they create their work and the
social/political content that can be gained from public art. Hope the kids
enjoy the lesson. Good luck!