Claes Oldenburg (b.1929), born in Sweden, is an American sculptor associated with the Pop Art Movement. He is known for his large-scale public art installations depicting everyday objects and “soft sculptures”.He settled in Chicago in 1936 and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University. In 1956, he moved to New York, where his early exhibits featured environments assembled from images, papier mâché, and plaster sculpture. His work later began to increase in scale, beginning with his most famous happening, The Store in 1961.
From the 1970s onwards, he focused on large outdoor public sculpture constructed with Cor-Ten steel. The artist often collaborated with his wife, artist Coosje van Bruggen.