Soft switch sculptures

Artist and sculptor Claes Oldenburg is probably best known for his public art installations that play with very large scale objects. Another theme in his work is the idea of "soft" that he applies in unexpected ways to everyday, ubiquitous objects. With this piece, Oldenburg takes ordinary light switches and applies an unexpected material that makes it feel soft and squishy. This particular piece makes me think of all the soft-switch explorations coming out of the DIY culture, where designers and tinkerers are investigating new ways to turn ordinary switches and sensors into soft and flexible mechanisms.