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Claes Oldenburg Bottle of Notes: 20 Years On


27 September 2013 - 23 January 2014
image copyright Mike Kipling

This year sees the 20th anniversary of Middlesbrough’s iconic sculpture Bottle of Notes.

In 1993, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen were invited to make North East England the site for their first UK public sculpture. Middlesbrough was chosen as the location and the artists drew inspiration from the history of exploration in the area through the voyages of Captain Cook. This unique public work of art, installed in Centre Square outside mima, has now become an iconic part of the Middlesbrough landscape. The exhibition screens a new film showing people’s memories and messages about the sculpture, alongside a timeline celebrating the remarkable journey of the Bottle.


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