Shuttlecocks Live in Kansas City 1994
Today, Shuttlecocks are a beloved icon for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and for Kansas City, but it wasn’t always so.
When the husband-and-wife artist team, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, installed it in the museum’s Kansas City Sculpture Park in 1994, Shuttlecocks created quite a stir. Letters from those who loved its bright, fresh form and welcomed its challenge to the status quo appeared in local media along with articles, letters to the editor, editorial cartoons and news reports charging that it was “not art” and calling it a “giant waste.”
Fabric: Printed on an Olive Green Triblend Shirt (to represent the grass on the Nelson-Atkins lawn) or Oatmeal Creme Triblend Shirt.