Typewriter Eraser, Scale X


Originally uploaded by william watson

Location: Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, Washington, USA

Sculpture by: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, stainless steel and resin painted with acrylic urethane, 1998-1999

Quoted from about.com:

Oldenburg and van Bruggen are known for their large-scale outdoor sculptures of popular commercial objects (e.g. large trowel in the Netherlands, a huge flashlight on the UNLV campus, giant binoculars in Venice, California)… Typewriter Eraser, Scale X is less identifiable because computer’s have made the object obsolete. This sculpture, formerly at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. looks kind of like a pizza cutter, or maybe a guitar.  The large wheel is the actual eraser portion, typically 2 inches in diameter and an eighth of an inch thick. The blue “hair” above is a brush meant to clear away paper dust and eraser crumbs.


flickr photo originally uploaded by paulpablopawel


flickr photo originally uploaded by Guided by voices


2 responses to “Typewriter Eraser, Scale X

  1. Hi! I’m the Community Manager of Ruba.com. We’re building a website to highlight some of the most interesting places travelers around the world have discovered. We’ve read hundreds of blogs about Seattle, and we think that this post is awesome! We’d love to highlight excerpts from blogs like yours (assuming it’s OK with you of course) and to discuss other ways of tapping into your expertise if you are interested. I’m at erin@ruba.com.
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  2. Patricia Stewart

    Claus Oldenburg’s Eraser in Washington, DC is one of the few public arts that DC braggs about. Where is your comprehensive public arts website?????

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