A monumental enlargement of a three-way electrical plug with an octagonal body and cylindrical side plugs, this figment of Oldenburg's Brobdingnagian imagination faces downward, safely above the viewer's head. In 1965 the artist built a three-way plug from cardboard, remembering that lying awake as a child he had imagined plugs, light switches, and faucets growing so big that they filled his bedroom.
Artist Claes Oldenburg, American, born 1929
  • Giant Three-Way Plug
  • Giant Three-Way Plug (Cube Tap) Sale B (alternate title)
Date 1970
Medium mahogany veneer over wood
Dimensions Overall: 58 1/2 × 38 3/4 × 29 1/2 inches (148.6 × 98.4 × 74.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Modern Art Fund
Accession Number 71.7
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
Not On View
the artist;
(Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, New York, USA);
1971-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Haskell, Barbara. "Claes Oldenburg: Object into Monument." Pasadena, 1971, p. 115, p. 117 (ill.).

Bulletin of the DIA 50, no. 4 (1971): 69-78, (ill. on back cover).