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Claes Oldenburg

Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich)

1963

Claes Oldenburg, Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich), 1963  2002.255a-s
Claes Oldenburg, Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich), 1963. Vinyl, kapok fibers, painted wood, and wood, 32 × 39 × 29 in. (81.3 × 99.1 × 73.7cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The American Contemporary Art Foundation Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President  2002.255a-s
© Claes Oldenburg

Video

Curator Dana Miller narrates the assembling of Claes Oldenburg’s Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich). Using early installation photographs as a reference, Miller guides art handlers through the placement of each of the “bacon,” “lettuce,” and “tomatoes” of the soft sculpture. This careful process is one of the many ways, the curator explains, in which Oldenburg’s work encourages the viewer to “look at your world with fresh eyes.”