Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks

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Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks
Artist Claes Oldenburg
Year 1969
Type Weathering Steel
Dimensions 740 cm × 760 cm × 330 cm (292 in × 299 in × 131 in)
Location Yale University, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°18′46″N 72°55′48″W / 41.31291500°N 72.93009800°W / 41.31291500; -72.93009800[1]
Owner Yale University

Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks is a weathering steel sculpture by Claes Oldenburg. It is located at Morse College Courtyard, Yale University.[2][3]


An architecture student, Stuart Wrede, and a group of architecture students raised money, under the name of the Colossal Keepsake Corporation of Connecticut, and worked in collaboration with Claes Oldenburg. It was installed on May 15, 1969, in Beinecke Plaza at Yale University, as a speakers' platform for anti-war protests.[4]

It had a soft, inflated lipstick section, and wooden treads.[5][6]

In the autumn of 1969, women were admitted to Yale University. The sculpture deteriorated and was removed by Oldenburg in March 1970.[4] It was redone in weathering steel and fiberglass, and reinstalled at Morse College, on October 17, 1974.[7]

It has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum[8][9] and National Gallery of Art.[10]

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