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Delectable but not very edible

From Associated Press

The pear weighs about 60 pounds and the blue-bordered tablecloth on which it sits is the size of a river raft.

The gargantuan fruit -- made from reinforced plastic -- is part of a pop-art sculpture by the husband-wife team of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen being installed at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.

The piece, featuring 18 giant peaches and pears, is the latest big-ticket acquisition by the High and part of a new gallery expansion set to open Nov. 12. It cost "$1 million-plus,” according to High deputy director Philip Verre.

Oldenburg, 76, and Van Bruggen, 63, have been creating large, whimsical, one-of-a-kind sculptures for American cities for decades. Miami has a shattered bowl and fruit slices; Kansas City has 17-foot shuttlecocks; Minneapolis has a 5,800-pound spoon holding a plump cherry; and Las Vegas has a gigantic flashlight.

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