Imagine walking on the grounds of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO where you encounter one of Oldenburg and van Bruggens giant shuttlecocks

Your essay will investigate the visual principles of scale and proportion as seen in Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggens Shuttlecocks.

Imagine walking on the grounds of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO where you encounter one of Oldenburg and van Bruggens giant shuttlecocks. You are taken aback by the absurd enormity of the shuttlecock and begin to contemplate its meaning in relation to its disproportionate scale. A normal shuttlecock would fit within the palm of your hand. This shuttlecock could crush you! Therefore, you MUST analyze the sculpture based on its relationship to the size of YOUR body.

Ask yourselfWhat are my initial thoughts as I view and walk around this giant shuttlecock?
Ask yourselfDoes the shuttlecock make me feel uncomfortable and endangered?
Ask yourselfDoes this work of art make me laugh? If so, why am I laughing?
Ask yourselfWhat meaning does the odd use of scale and proportion give to the sculpture?

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