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Spoonbridge and Cherry
Transcript of Spoonbridge and Cherry
Ever heard of the sculpture called the “Spoonbridge and Cherry”? This was only one of the wonderful sculptures that were made by husband and wife Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. It was made in the years 1985-1988.
Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm, Sweden on January 28, 1929. They later on moved to Chicago, where he grew up. He is in an art movement called “Pop art”. Coosje van Bruggen was born in Groningen, Netherlands on June 6, 1942. She died January 10, 2009 after a long battle with breast cancer. They both were both in the same field, which is sculpture.
In this artwork, you can see a cherry on a spoon. The cherry is red and looks juicy enough to eat. The Spoonbridge and Cherry can be found in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, USA. It is placed on a small pond, the bowl of the spoon resting on an island in the middle of the pond with the cherry on it. There isn’t any particular meaning behind it.
This sculpture is basically a spoon with a cherry on top, but not just any regular spoon and cherry, it is way bigger, measuring 29 ft. 6 in. x 51 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft. 6 in. (9 x 15.7 x 4.1 m). It is stainless steel and aluminium, painted with polyurethane enamel.
All in all, I think this sculpture is fantastic, simple but complicated in some ways and fun to look at. I especially like the cherry on the spoon because it looks like someone has finished eating an ice cream and left out the cherry.
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The audience of this artwork is the general public because it is situated in a park where everyone can see it. This sculpture is quite unique in my opinion because it is not every day that someone would make a sculpture that is composed of a spoon and a cherry. Other people think it is fantastic and worth a trip to go and see it personally.
This artwork must be postmodern. It was inspired by a novelty item that Oldenburg had which a spoon is resting on a glob of fake chocolate.