torn notebook

Lincoln Ne.

History of torn notebook

The torn notebook was paid for by the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. The artist of this sculpture was Claes Oldenburg. The torn notebook was put up August 20, 1996. It is unknown on how long it took to create the torn notebook.
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artist statements

"In preparation for a commission by the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska, we drove from Kansas City, Missouri, through the Missouri River Valley to Lincoln, the capital and location of the university, while setting down our observations along the way. Coosje's notations took the form of lyrical phrases, such as "falcons atop flagpoles," "fields of corn – one ear per stalk – in wayward winds swing," "crows on the butte," and "buffalo peas." Claes mostly wrote down names of things, for example, "barbed wire," "goose," "hoop," and "roller skate." Only when we were back in the studio in New York did we realize that a sculpture about the process of collecting observations could be the perfect subject for a university site"
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my thoughts

I think that the torn note book is a cool sculpture, it looks like it was just thrown out of a window. I think there should be more sculpture like this around NE. I like how its out side and you can walk up and touch it and have you're picture taken next to it.
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