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Claes Oldenburg

Ice Bag–Scale C

1971

Claes Oldenburg, Ice Bag–Scale C, 1971  72.4a-rr
Claes Oldenburg, Ice Bag–Scale C, 1971. Fiber-reinforced polyester resin, lacquer, nylon cloth saturated with neoprene, plywood, steel, fans, and motors, 132 × 160 in. (335.3 × 406.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Howard and Jean Lipman Foundation Inc.  72.4a-rr
© Claes Oldenburg
Claes Oldenburg, Ice Bag–Scale C, 1971 (installation view, Claes Oldenburg: Early Sculpture, Drawings, and Happenings Films, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2009)

Claes Oldenburg, Ice Bag–Scale C, 1971 (installation view, Claes Oldenburg: Early Sculpture, Drawings, and Happenings Films, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2009)

Video

In this video, Whitney curator Dana Miller, conservator Eleanora Nagy, and artist Claes Oldenburg discuss the conservation process of Oldenburg’s Ice Bag–Scale C, 1971. Also included is commentary by the team of specialists who assisted in the restoration including a hi-fi engineer, an electrician, an auto body restorer, and a custom fabric designer.

Claes Oldenburg discusses his 12-foot diameter Ice Bag–Scale C, 1971. Characteristic of Oldenburg’s work, the prosaic object is transformed through a dramatic increase of scale. However, it is the addition of movement that produces what Oldenburg describes as the Ice Bag’s “magic effect.”