by Jessica M
Lipstick as a weapon! In 1969, the Pop Art sculptor Claes Oldenburg created this giant “lipstick” and mounted it on a tank-like base. The sculpture was installed on the Yale University campus (and a refurbished version still stands there). It was originally used as a platform for public speeches, during an era when anti-war protests were raging on so many campuses. At the time, the lipstick-on-caterpillar-tracks combination was probably meant to poke fun at American consumerism and the military-industrial complex. Now, it also reminds us of the power of self-adornment, especially during tough political and economic times!
Image via the Yale University website