Industrial Waste Teapot

  • Wesley Anderegg, Industrial Waste Teapot, 1999, glazed earthenware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha Connell and Michael Davis, 2000.86A-B

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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.

Title
Industrial Waste Teapot
Artist
Date
1999
On View
Dimensions
overall: 13 x 7 7/8 x 6 3/8 in. (33.0 x 20.0 x 16.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Martha Connell and Michael Davis

Mediums
Mediums Description
glazed earthenware
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – written matter – book
  • Dress – accessory – protective gear
  • Figure – fragment – skull
  • Figure group
Object Number
2000.86A-B
Palette
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