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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Clay: Industrial Waste Teapot
Industrial Waste Teapot

Industrial Waste Teapot
Wesley Anderegg
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

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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.

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