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FREE – Do Not Enter
We did not have time to visit a museum in Cleveland, so we only had the art in public space to enjoy. The most striking outdoor artwork in Cleveland is without doubt the "Free Stamp" sculpture by the artist's couple Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen.
A huge rubber stamp with the word FREE (8,79 m. by 7,9 m. by 15 m.)
It is most interesting to read about the genesis of the sculpture at the artists' site.

Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm in 1929, but has lived and worked almost his entire life in the USA.
He is one of the leading artists of the POP-ART movement.
He is best known for his public art installations typically featuring large replicas or everyday objects like the Free Stamp.
Another theme in his work are huge soft sculptures of everyday objects. Picture 3 gives a good example of this.
Many of his works were made in collaboration with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, who he met in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1970.

■ Picture 1: ◄ FREE – Do Not Enter►
Picture 1 shows the stamp with the text FREE in combination with a sign with the text "Do Not Enter". This contradiction is perhaps typical for Cleveland.

■ Picture 2: ◄ Free Stamp in full dimension ►
Picture 2 shows the image together with a passing lady, which gives us a good idea of the huge dimension of the world’s largest rubber stamp.

■ Picture 3: ◄ Hard & Soft Light Switches ►

I made Picture 3 two days earlier in the Art Institute of Chicago. It gives a splendid example of Oldenburg's soft sculptures, with a strongly enlarged hard and softcopy of light switches.

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