13. Plantoir, Blue at Rockefeller Center

Plantoir Blue
Plantoir, Blue. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery. Photo: Steven Probert.

Through May 6, 2022, the Paula Cooper Gallery will present Plantoir, Blue, a large-scale sculpture of a blue gardening tool. Plantoir, Blue was created by the husband-wife team Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, who have become famous for their large-scale sculptures of everyday objects. Through their artwork, Oldenburg and Coosje celebrate the beauty of everyday life, taking familiar items such as a toy box or fruit bowl and transforming them into enlarged figures fixed in moments of energetic motion.

At 23 feet tall, Plantoir, Blue stands upright with its point submerged in the ground as if it had fallen into place from the sky. The sculpture will be located at the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center.