Claes Oldenburg

(Stockholm, Sweden, 1929 - 2022, New York, New York)

Soft Inverted Q-Black, Proof VI

1975

Cast synthetic rubber

17 x 18 x 10 in. (43.2 x 45.7 x 25.4 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of the artist

1976.31

More Information

This piece, a study for the museum's six-foot tall sculpture, is cast from Hytrel, a manmade rubber used to make hoses, gaskets, and a range of other industrial products. The outdoor sculpture was to have been constructed from Hytrel as well in homage to Akron’s role as a rubber producer. When the sculpture’s large size made that impossible, however, it was cast from concrete instead and coated with a polyurethane surface.

Marks

Inscribed on underside: "Trial Proof VI 7/75"

Keywords
Pop Art
Sculpture
American
Rubber