Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's collaborative creations of monumental sculptures make you look twice as they take ordinary objects and enlarge them. Oldenburg notes, "We feel free to use all the approaches that come naturally to our non-monumental works: variations in scale, similes, transformations, a wide range of materials, and, of course, our use of familiar objects." The sculptures give a whole new perspective to everyday objects and illuminate details that people would have otherwise not noticed.
It is interesting how different creative approaches can be merged to create something cohesive and inspiring. Bruggen elaborates, "Working together supposes an almost complete understanding of the other, an impossibility in any case, so instead we choose a unity of opposites, a convergence of our different dynamics, of symmetry and asymmetry, of acceleration or implied speed and stillness, of a polychrome and monochrome palette, gravity and lightness -- all interrelating and interchangeable elements to be used by either one of us."
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