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Every work of art is filled with symbolic meanings So what are the symbols that Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen chose to include in Lincolns Torn Notebook The first choice the artists made was what would the overall form of the sculpture be They considered a field of popping corn a giant hot dog or roller skates -- roller skates inspired by waitresses on skates at a local restaurant A few Lincolnites feared and perhaps a few more hoped that Oldenburg would choose a football as Nebraskas emblem when he first began scouting for a sculpture site about three years ago Later Oldenburg said We always consider the obvious first In the case of Nebraska it a football was almost too obvious too clich What they decided on was a 22-foot aluminum and stainless steel sculpture that is very personal to the artists Oldenburg is never found without a notebook usually tucked in a shirt pocket and filled with sketches and jottings scribbled by both Oldenburg and van Bruggen As each notebook is filled Claes and Coosje will exchange them talk about the ideas tear out and save those ideas that they want to explore further and then tear up and discard the rest of the notebook So in a real sense Torn Notebook symbolizes the way the artists work The primary piece of Torn Notebook is made out of aluminum and stainless steel and resembles an open torn notebook 22 feet tall and 35 feet long There are two additional loose pages blown by the wind from the notebook Each piece has handwritten notes that reflect the artists impressions of Lincoln and its environment encountered on numerous visits to the area Local symbols Van Bruggen and Oldenburg visited Lincoln before designing Torn Notebook and have worked observations of the city and region onto its pages in each of their handwritings The spiral binding represents a tornado in
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