Oldenburg's cartoonish experiments with scale are the kind of contemporary art people warm to. Instead of alienating and offending, his giant, everyday objects have a comic appeal. Emerging in the 1960s as a key player in the Pop Art movement, Oldenburg fought to replace national monuments with his own soft sculptures. He wanted to replace Eros with a cluster of gargantuan lipsticks. His proposal was turned down, but in 1985 Oldenburg did manage to float a giant Swiss Army Knife in the naval yard of the Venice Arsenale.
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