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Extremely Public Art in Vail

A three-part series on the works of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

The Journal Herald (Dayton, Ohio) from Sept. 1, 1983. Retrieved via newspapers.com.

Part 1: What is the most valuable piece in Vail’s collection?

A look at the very valuable Claes Oldenburg piece on display the Vail library. Many people don’t know or have forgotten about its controversial history in Vail …

 

 

 

 

An engraving on the bottom of "Preliminary Model for an Arch in the Form of a Fishing Pole, a Line and Can for Vail, Colorado," a piece by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
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Part 2: Recognizing the work

The artists created a drawing for Vail in the early 1980s that kicked off a massive controversy the likes of which the town had never seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Preliminary Model for an Arch in the Form of a Fishing Pole, a Line and Can for Vail, Colorado," by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, is currently on display at the Vail Public Library.
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Part 3: A harbinger of things to come

The fishing pole element of the sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje was questioned by residents at the time in a type of thinking along the lines of: “Vail is a ski town, not a fishing town.“


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