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Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich)

1963

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  On view in the museum  On view in the museum
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This Giant BLT sculpture is composed of nineteen separate parts. The bread, olive, bacon, lettuce, and tomato are made of vinyl stuffed with kapok, and the toothpick is made of wood. Each time it is shown in an exhibition, the parts of the sandwich must be put together, just like making a real sandwich! When it is being installed, the curator works with the art handlers to make the sandwich. They often have a conversation about how the sandwich will be made—what goes on the bread first, and how to layer the bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

This video shows curator Dana Miller and the art handlers assembling Claes Oldenburg’s Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich)

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