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Pipe Dream


John Cederquist (American, 1946 - present)

Inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, Popeye cartoons and popular iconography, John Cederquist constructs functional furniture that fools the eye. His imagery creates illusions and challenges perceptions. In Pipe Dream a leaping swordfish surrounded by a spiraling pipe of gushing water surges from the surface with great energy. If you stand directly in front of this work, you might not realize that this is a chest with functioning drawers that intricately fit together like a puzzle.

Place object was created: United States

Baltic birch plywood, maple (wood), aniline dye, epoxy resin

Measurements:    height: 87 inches    width: 39 inches    depth: 14 inches

Museum Purchase: Exchange Funds from the Gift of Harry and Mary Dalton, in honor of Hugh L. McColl, Jr. 1998.135A-E © John Cederquist

Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN