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Famed pop art sculpture returns to campus

June 10, 2013

The iconic Campbell's Tomato Soup Can created and signed by renowned artist Andy Warhol has returned to the CSU campus following a brief absence for restoration.

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The project was funded by a donation from Denver art patrons J. Landis and Sharon Martin. The Martins became aware of the sculpture – and its need for restoration due to rust build-up – during a campus tour hosted by Frank.

Restored in Los Angeles

University Art Museum director and curator Linny Frickman worked with Los Angeles-based sculptor and fabricator Mark Rossi to restore the piece, paying particular attention to Warhol’s original signature. Museum staff worked with Rossi and campus facilities management to reinstall the piece, addressing drainage issues that had caused problems with rust.

“This can has both historical and sentimental value to the University,” Frickman said. “The conservators did a remarkable job. We are absolutely delighted with the results and that the iconic sculpture is back in Fort Collins. We are exceedingly grateful to the donors for their generosity.”

Growing collection

The Campbell’s Tomato Soup Can is part of the University Art Museum’s larger outdoor sculptural plan. The current museum expansion plan to create a dynamic architectural addition to the museum to house the bequest of the Hartford/Tandstad collection also incorporates more outdoor sculpture.