artsy-malarkey

Yes, Teddy -- that really is a giant clothespin

I don’t remember the first time I saw the giant clothespin on Market Street in Center City Philadelphia, but I do remember passing by it many times as a child. And most of my reactions were, “Hey, it’s a giant clothespin!” Never did I ask why anyone would build a 45-foot metal representation of what was in a box in the utility room that my mom made me use to hang laundry on the line in the backyard many years ago. I guess its main use is a landmark for Philly residents and visitors alike. “Hey, meet me at the clothespin” seems to be a good way to keep track of people, even now that just about everyone has a cellphone.

Which got me thinking — what’s the weirdest public art display out there today? A quick search of the keywords “weird sculptures” on the Google yielded about 897,000 hits at the time of this post. I won’t check every link for fear of hitting some sick illegal kiddie porn site at random, but I will direct you to slightlywarped.com, something about scary art in children recreational parks, and the actual Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota that once inspired a song by “Weird Al” Yankovic.

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~ by philliefan on October 27, 2008.

4 Responses to “artsy-malarkey”

  1. You do realize there are at least two Claes Oldenburg sculptures in your own backyard of DC, oui?

  2. I actually thought about mentioning the giant typewriter eraser…

  3. have you been down to Anacostia to see the giant chair yet?

  4. nope. didn’t know about it until now! or maybe I forgot about it — I vaguely remember reading something about a giant chair some time ago, but apparently it didn’t stick.

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