Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen have designed many oversize objects around the world including lipstick, bowling pins, and brooms. These 45 x 44 x 18 ft. binoculars stand out among their designs because they are not only abnormally large, but they also serve as a porte-cochere to a 1991 Frank Gehry design that once housed the advertising giant, Chiat/Day. Tags: Abnormally large, Binoculars, Chiat/Day, Claes Oldenburg and Cooside van Bruggen in Los Angeles, Claes Oldenburg and Coosie van Bruggen, Frank Gehry, Public Art, Public Art in Venice, Sculptures, Venice, Venice Binoculars My grandfather was raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. I don’t know much about that town, but I do know how the story goes… Gramps stepped off the airplane in Los Angeles, felt the warm touch of the southern California sun and declared, “I’m never going back.” In a similar vein, though 60 years before my grandfather, a 30-year-old New Jersey asthmatic visited southern California to discover he felt no asthma symptoms in our agreeable climate. His name was Abbott Kinney and once he arrived in southern California, he wasn’t going to leave. Instead, he brought the world to him.