Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks

Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks is a weathering steel sculpture by Claes Oldenburg. It is located at Morse College Courtyard, Yale University.[2][3]

Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks
ArtistClaes Oldenburg
TypeWeathering Steel
Dimensions740 cm × 760 cm × 330 cm (292 in × 299 in × 131 in)
LocationYale University, Connecticut
Coordinates41°18′46″N 72°55′48″W / 41.31291500°N 72.93009800°W / 41.31291500; -72.93009800[1]
OwnerYale University


An architecture student, Stuart Wrede, and a group of architecture students raised money, under the name of the Colossal Keepsake Corporation of Connecticut, and worked in collaboration with Claes Oldenburg. It was installed on May 15, 1969, in Beinecke Plaza at Yale University, as a speakers' platform for anti-war protests.[4]

It had a soft, inflated lipstick section, and wooden treads.[5][6]

In the autumn of 1969, women were admitted to Yale University. The sculpture deteriorated and was removed by Oldenburg in March 1970.[4] It was redone in weathering steel and fiberglass, and reinstalled at Morse College, on October 17, 1974.[7]

It has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum[8][9] and National Gallery of Art.[10]

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  1. ^ 'Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks' by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen - Virtual Globetrotting
  2. ^ "Public art at Yale - Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks" Archived 2012-01-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Lipstick (Ascending) on Catepillar Tracks (Sculpture)". Save Outdoor Sculpture, Connecticut survey. 1993. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Yale Alumni Magazine: "Claes Oldenburg’s Lipstick", (Feb 2000) Archived 2012-05-14 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Frieze Magazine, "Tom Burr" Archived 2010-10-27 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ The Yale Herald, "Sculptures at Yale: Not just for peeing on"
  7. ^ "Claes Oldenburg: Exhibitions & Projects: Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks"
  8. ^ Oldenburg: "An Anthology, Large-Scale Projects"
  9. ^ "Claes Oldenburg, An Anthology - Events & Publications"
  10. ^ NGA, "Claes Oldenburg: An Anthology", (02/1995) Archived 2011-10-19 at the Wayback Machine

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