The Clothespin, Philadelphia

Robin Gower

Courtesy of Daniel Lehman

Located on the corner of 15th and Market Streets in Philadelphia’s Center City, Claes Oldenburg’s Clothespin depicts a giant clothespin. This clothespin is representative of Pop Art. Pop Art is all about making ordinary things, extraordinary. The Clothespin does just that.

Shockingly enough, this monument is located right across the street from City Hall. This creates an interesting paradox between the prim and proper Government building and the abstract and conceptual Clothespin. The difference between the sides of the street shows how diverse a city Philadelphia really is.

Claes Oldenburg made The Clothespin in 1976 to commemorate the Pop Art era. Although it represents a time period of the past, those of all ages admire the appeal of The Clothespin.

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is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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