• Claes Oldenburg

    University of Nevada

    Las Vegas is a city whose garishness numbs perception, but the surrounding desert manifests the most subtle visual qualities. Claes Oldenburg’s recently erected The Flashlight both reflects and comments on these contrasts.

    Set in a plaza between Artemus Ham Concert Hall and Judy Bayley Theatre at the University of Nevada campus, the 38-foot-high sculpture consists of 24 3/4 inch-thick Cor-Ten fins welded vertically around a circular tube. In a well at the base of the upside-down flashlight are 24 fluorescent lightbulbs, which create a carefully contained dim glow—a contrast to the omnidirectional

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