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Claes Oldenburg became impressed with the Dutch landscape, the harbour city of Rotterdam and the bridge during a stay in the Netherlands. Rotterdam's plans for the construction of a bridge over the New Maas were the inspiration for this sculpture. For the New Maas he imagined a bridge in the shape of a gigantic screw. The museum director at the time - Wim Beeren - reached an agreement with Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen in 1978 that they would turn this idea into a model, an etching and a large sculpture for the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The screw sculpture would not turn out to be as large as a bridge over the New Maas, but it was made to a size that would precisely fit in the museum. The screw bridge was exhibited in the museum in 1983. It was quickly decided, however, that the work would be given a permanent place in the museum's sculpture garden. Claes Oldenburg himself chose this place next to the pond, which in his eyes suited the sculpture the best

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Title Screwarch
Material and technique Aluminium
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 386 cm
Diameter 242 cm
Width 680 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Claes Oldenburg
Kunstenaar: Coosje van Bruggen
Uitvoerder: Alfred Lippincott
Uitvoerder: Kymball Grant
Accession number BEK 1589 a-j (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1982
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1982
Age artist About 53 years old
Geographical origin Sweden > Scandanavia > Northern Europe > Europe
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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Claes Oldenburg

Stockholm 1929

Claes Oldenburg is of Swedish origin and studied art and literature at Yale University and subsequently, from 1950 to 1954, at the School of the Art Institute...

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