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Bottle of Notes (1993)

Bottle of Notes, 1993 by Swedish sculptor Claes Oldenburg and Dutch sculptor Coosje van Bruggen. The text of the sculpture consists of words from the journals of Captain Cook.


On the inside is written “I like to remember sea-gulls in full flight gliding over the ring of canals”, taken from “Memos of a gadfly” a poem written by the designer van Bruggen in 1987 and based on recollections of his Amsterdam childhood. Outside is a quotation from Captain Cook’s journal “we had every advantage we could desire in observing the whole of the passage of the Planet Venus over the sun’s disc”.


Middlesbrough, North East England.

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Taken on September 22, 2009