What do you get if you have a lot of wood, paint, paper, and tobacco on hand, love cigars, and think big? Well, if you are the artist Roger Gober, you come up with a huge (alas, unsmokable!) cigar.
Gober was born in 1954 in the town of Wallingford, Connecticut. He studied at Middlebury College in Vermont and then at the Tyler School of Art in Rome. Currently, he lives and works in New York City and is represented by the Matthew Marks Gallery.
Gober is probably best known for his sculptures, particularly sinks and human legs, but he has also ventured into other areas, including photography, print-making, drawing, and other media. He has had exhibitions of his work in Europe, North America, and Japan. As Wikipedia puts it:
His work is often related to domestic and familiar objects such as sinks, doors, and legs, and has themes of nature, sexuality, religion, and politics. The sculptures are meticulously handcrafted, even when they appear to just be a re-creation of a common sink.
In his 1991 work entitled simply, "Cigar," Gober crafted a human-sized cigar. It is approximately 15 3/4 inches in diameter and 70 7/8 inches in length. "Cigar" may be found in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California.
"Cigar" by Robert Gober