14
Mar
09

Ode to Clase Oldenburg

 

    In my ART 160/ Design II class at West Liberty State College, I present what I refer to as “The Big Tool Project”. Each student is asked to bring a hand-held tool to class and make a large version of that tool using any of a variety of materials: cardboard, foamcore, fibre, paper mache, etc. To make a successful “big tool”, the student must get to know his or her chosen “model” inside and out. During the three week designing and building process problems do occur, as most of these students will tell you. Hard work does pay off as seen in the photos below. These are just are a few of the 26 tools that were completed recently.

 

Lint remover

Lint remover

 

Great-grandfather's wrench

Great-grandfather's wrench

Paint brush

Paint brush

 

Box of matches

Box of matches

Pipe wrench

Pipe wrench

 

X-Acto knife

X-Acto knife

Fire extinguisher

Fire extinguisher

 

Rubber stamp

Rubber stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

    And just to give you an idea of the scale of these tools, take a look at the tools with the artists who created them:

 

 

Olivia with lint remover

Olivia with lint remover

 

Kyle with matchbox

Kyle with matchbox

 

Tyler and paintbrush

Tyler and paintbrush

 

Sam and pipe wrench

Sam and pipe wrench

Chris with X-acto knife

Chris with X-acto knife

 

Courtney with rubber stamp

Courtney with rubber stamp

 

Kate with fire extinguisher

Kate with fire extinguisher

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3 Responses to “Ode to Clase Oldenburg”


  1. March 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Hey Bob-
    What a great idea for an assignment!
    Love the idea of seeing the tools without visual reference . . . and then again with their “builders.”
    Cheers!
    Foust

  2. 2 randy
    March 18, 2009 at 2:38 am

    love the ode to oldenburg, one of my favorite artists- very old school

  3. 3 Cheryl Harshman
    April 2, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    These are fabulous! Some of the best I’ve seen over the student years!


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