Proposed Colossal Monuments


Railroad Station in the Form of a Wristwatch, for Florence, Italy
(Two Views), 1984. Pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor on paper,
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm.). Collection of Robin Quist Gates.

In 1965, Oldenburg began to make drawings of colossal monuments. These are fantastic proposals for sculptures that represent everyday objects enlarged to gargantuan proportions in relation to particular places. Among them are a giant electric fan to replace the Statue of Liberty and an enormous pair of scissors to replace the Washington Monument. Oldenburg employed the term "monument" ironically for his antiheroic subjects, which deliberately subvert traditional notions of public sculpture.

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