This 1976 Claes Oldenburg sculpture carries the same bit of quirk found in many of his other works about the city. If you ... More
This 1976 Claes Oldenburg sculpture carries the same bit of quirk found in many of his other works about the city. If you take a stroll through Philadelphia, you'll find it is not that odd to find a 20-foot tall, red clothespin in the middle of high activity areas. The Clothespin also provided the background for a scene with Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Ankroyd in the film "Trading Places." There are other Claes Oldenburg sculptures around town, including the giant broken button on the Penn campus at 36th and Locust Walk.
Claes O.'s Clothespin in 45 feet tall, not a puny 20.
A nifty abstracted human figure in the heroic ".pose" of the PIN and a "76"
in the stainless steel "spring" of the sculpture, as a nod to the Bicentennial.
(If Philly wants a 20 foot wooden PIN companion, I have a chainsaw and hasp handy.)