By creating sculptures of commonplace objects rendered in unexpected media and an unusually enormous scale, Oldenburg propelled himself to the forefront of the 1960s art scene. By being elevated into works of art, these objects acquire a thought-provoking and even humorous presence. As the artist said of this work, "The first tube, made in Venice, California, in 1963 seemed to some people an unconscious self-portrait . . . Apart from this association, the tube is an object for representing change."