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Industrial Waste Teapot

1999 Wesley Anderegg Born: Phoenix, Arizona 1958 glazed earthenware overall: 13 x 7 7/8 x 6 3/8 in. (33.0 x 20.0 x 16.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Martha Connell and Michael Davis 2000.86A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

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Wesley Anderegg expresses his concern for the environment in Industrial Waste Teapot. Four figures wearing gas masks sit on top of what appears to be a corroding metal barrel. Each figure holds a book, a bomb, a Geiger counter, or a bug sprayer. The handle and spout have been molded to look like a pipe, while the lid of the pot is capped with a skull and bones. By placing these symbols on a pot that holds a liquid we will ingest, Anderegg conveys the idea that pollution not only contaminates the air around us but also makes its way into our bodies.


Dress - accessory - protective gear

Figure group

Figure - fragment - skull

Object - written matter - book

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - earthenware