1976 by Claes Oldenburg
Philadelphia’s City Hall has inspired many reactions, but perhaps none quirkier than Claes Oldenburg’s. City Hall is formal, ornate late 19th century. Oldenburg’s 45-foot steel Clothespin, directly across 15th Street, is sleek, ultramodern, whimsical. Everyone has an opinion about the Clothespin. What’s yours?
Oldenburg linked his design for the Clothespin to Constantin Brancusi’s well-known sculpture The Kiss in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Many agree that the Clothespin’s shape resembles two lovers entwining.
In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
2008-2010 Delancey Place Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Thomas Hockley House
- The Academy of Vocal Arts
- Philly POPS! On Independence 2015
- The Philadelphia Orchestra
- The PFS Roxy Theater
- Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
- Mütter Museum
- Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
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