Claes Oldenburg gained initial acclaim as one of the leaders of Pop Art movement, re-creating ordinary objects from consumer or popular culture. Beginning in the late 1970s, he and Coosje van Bruggen began to work as a husband and wife team on a series of large-scale public projects. The couple is celebrated internationally for the transformation of objects from everyday life into colossal projects. Plantoir is the first monumental sculpture created specifically for a garden context. It was sited specifically by the artists.
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Plantoir, 2001. Stainless steel, aluminum and fiberglass, painted, 287 x 53 x 42 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.