Vitra International AG, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Balancing Tools was commissioned by Rolf Fehlbaum in 1981. Claes Oldenburg created this sculpture. It was installed May 3, 1984. The process took 3 years. The grouping can be seen as a dance.
Claes sees thrusting, twirling, unpredictable forms in this sculpture. He likes the simplicity and functionality of the items. It was a challenge to balance the tools so precariously. The proportions had to be perfect for the sculpture to not fall. He wants to communicate simplicity, minimalism, and flexibility in it.
I like this sculpture. It looks like there was a lot of thought behind it, and having to balance the tools would be very challenging. The colors are very brilliant and I like how the tools look as though they're dancing. I also like the environment that it's in. It's in an open field with a cool looking building nearby.