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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|Material and technique||Aluminium|
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height 386 cm
Diameter 242 cm
Width 680 cm
Coosje van Bruggen
Uitvoerder: Kymball Grant
Uitvoerder: Alfred Lippincott
Kunstenaar: Claes Oldenburg
|Accession number||BEK 1589 (MK)|
|Credits||Aankoop / Purchase: 1982|
|Age artist||About 40 years old|
|Geographical origin||The United States of America > North America > America|
|Geographical origin||Sweden > Scandanavia > Northern Europe > Europe|
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