Shuttlecocks, Kansas City Sculpture Park

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
1994, Aluminum, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, paint
Four elements; h x diam: 19 feet 2 9/16 inches x 15 feet 11 7/8 inches (585.63 x 487.36 cm)

Two of the four badminton"birds" on the south lawn

Another is next to the south facade while the fourth is on the front side of the museum. The concept is that the grounds of the museum represent the court while the museum building itself serves as the net. Each of these whimsical shuttlecocks weighs more than 5000 pounds!

South facade of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


The shuttlecock near the south facade.

The fourth shuttlecock on the front side of the museum is not pictured.

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