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Stanford Report, January 17, 2001
Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen to discuss art Jan. 18

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, the husband-wife team that has created 36 large-scale sculptures in the United States, Europe and Japan, are scheduled to discuss their work at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in Kresge Auditorium.

"The Spirit of the Monument," the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Distinguished Lecture, is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The artists' collaboration began in 1976 with the installation of a gigantic blue trowel outside the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. They recently constructed "Flying Pins" ­ giant bowling pins being scattered by an immense bowling ball ­ in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

During Thursday's lecture, the couple will take turns describing the histories of certain sculptures. Oldenburg will describe the origin of the large-scale, outdoor projects; van Bruggen will reflect on the significance of monuments and talk about how they relate to architects and architecture.

"The sculptures engage in a playful dynamic with the surrounding landscape," according to the artists' website. "Ordinary objects depicted in monumental scale, they alter the viewer's relationship to the geography in which they are situated."

President Clinton awarded Oldenburg the Presidential Medal of Arts on Dec. 20.