Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Loop [Batcolumn - by Claes Oldenburg]

Batcolum - by Claes Oldenburg ..
1977 /Cor-Ten steel painted gray..
H 100 ft.
Commissioned by the U.S. General Services Administration,
 through its Art-in-Architecture Program
LOCATION: Harold Washington Social Security Administration Building Plaza..
600 W. Madison

On observing Chicago’s flat terrain, the Swedish-born artist once commented, “the real art here is architecture, or anything that really stands up.” . Like all of Oldenburg’s monuments, Batcolumn combines a humorous and irreverent attitude toward popular objects with meticulous construction details and handling of scale and proportion. It can alternately be seen as a reference to historical monumental columns, a salute to the American institution of baseball or a tribute to the steel industry.


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