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Radical pop art sculptor Claes Oldenburg dies at age 93

New York — the influential Swedish-born sculptor Claes Oldenburg — a huge piece of everyday life delights millions of people — died at his 93-year-old New York City home.

His representative pace gallery said he had recently fallen.

It described him as “in the development of pop art … one of the most radical artists of the 20th century.”

Immigrated to the United States in the 1950s, Oldenburg is known for its trademark works depicting clothespins, baseball bats, burgers, and electric plugs.

Many of his sculptures decorate public spaces in the United States and around the world.

“My intention is to make everyday things that escape the definition,” he was reportedly told at the New York Times.

Many of his works were co-produced with his wife, Coosjevan Bruggen, who died in 2009.

In a 2015 BBC interview, Oldenburg said: “At the end of the 1960s, I started to be interested in architecture, and I started to be interested in turning objects into architecture.

“So I did a lot of research on the buildings that I would propose to the city in the form of objects. There is a whole collection of them, including some for New York.”

His proposal took the form of a self-consciously ridiculous picture. For example, a 1965 sketch shows a giant teddy bear sitting depressed at the northern end of Central Park. The entire city is a playground.

The sculptor himself never believed that the idea of ​​his cheek tongue was actually constructed-he was more interested in creating interesting and a little ominous playful ideas at the same time. rice field. — BBC

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