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Geometric Mouse

Scale D (Paper, "Home-made"
Artist: Claes Oldenburg (1929 – 2022) Primary
Artist: Gemini G.E.L. Publisher
Artist: Kenneth Tyler (1931 – ) Printer
Artist: Jeff Sanders Printer
Date: 1971
20th century
Dimensions: 11 x 16 x 4 in. (279.4 x 406.4 x 101.6 mm)
Dimensions Extent: overall
Object Type: Multiple
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Offset lithograph, stainless steel wire, bead chains, nickel-plated fasteners on wove paper laminated to die-cut boards
Edition Size: Unlimited
Credit Line: Gift of James M. Reed, 2023.
Accession Number: 2023.05.07
This work is not currently on view

The text on the multiple reads: "The Geometric Mouse exists in several scales. The diameter of the "ear" in the largestGeometric Mouse is 9 feet. In this miniature version -- the smallest -- the "ear" diameter is 6 inches.

The white, paper Geometric Mouse is called "home-made" because it is a reproduction (2/3 smaller) of the scale prototype made in preparation for teh fabricated, black, metal Geometric Mouse, Scale C -- "ear" diameter 9 inches. The suggested position for the Geometric Mouse is shown at left.

Match the contact points indicated on the base. Several other positions are possible, but too mcuh movement of the parts may cause the connections to deform or break.
C.O. New York, 1971.

The paper Geometric Mouse is die-cut and equipped with stainless steel wire hinges and bead chains. It is imprinted with reproductions of the artist's notations and signature. A base designed by the artist is included. The paper Geometric Mouse is published in an unlimited edition.

Produced by Gemini G.E.L.
8365 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90069."


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