A cold day for Shuttlecocks: Artist Coosje van Bruggen is dead

Coosje van Bruggen, who with her husband, Claes Oldenberg, designed the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Shuttlecock sculptures, has died of breast cancer at age 66, The New York Times reports.

This football-and-baseball town had a hard time adjusting to the couple’s 18-foot-tall odes to badminton, which arrived in 1994, but the whimsical sculptures now seem prescient. The Shuttlecocks offer a logical, stately visual bridge between the original neoclassical Nelson-Atkins structure and the heralded Bloch Building, the brilliant lunar-colony-looking addition that opened in 2007.

Click here to see a chronology of the couple’s projects.

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