PAFA Announces Claes Oldenburg Sculpture Commission for Plaza


Claes Oldenburg - Paintbrush in site design, 2010. Paper, carboard, 19 x 20 x 24 in. - Collection Claes Oldenburg. Photo: Courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Foundation. © 2010 Claes Oldenburg.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Pennsylvania
Academy of the
Fine Arts (PAFA) has commissioned world-renowned artist Claes Oldenburg
create a new public artwork for its Lenfest Plaza. The design consists
of a 53
foot high sculpture in the form of a paintbrush, raised at a 60 degree
angle as
if in the act of painting, with a dollop of paint on the ground below.
sculpture is positioned between PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building and
the Samuel
M. V. Hamilton Building. Oldenburg’s monumental paintbrush will point to
growth and vitality of American art, while celebrating a milestone in
history of the Academy.