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.