Another piece of history


Not nearly as old as triceratops horridus, but equally prehistoric to young people today—a typewriter eraser. Remember them? This one was sculpted in painted stainless steel and fiberglass in 1999 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and it stands in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art.

11 Responses to Another piece of history

  1. ~tanty~ says:

    What a pretty sculpture! Love it!

  2. Edwin says:

    how wonderful! I remember these of course! I wonder if the giant dropped this when he was climbing down the beanstalk?

  3. Anne says:

    Hehehe I remember that…but I shouldn’t be saying that or you’l know how old I am! Hehehe 🙂

  4. Kate says:

    Hey, we have a sculpture garden, too, as part of the Walker Art Center. It is so much fun to visit. Great photo!!

  5. passante says:

    Kate — I checked it out. I love the Claes Oldenburg cherry on the spoon.

  6. ocphoto says:

    That’s funny. I guess in some ways that is a dinosaur as well.

  7. Elisabeth says:

    Oh, I love it so much that I want one like that in my backyard (well, I actually do not have a backyard, it’s my landlords’ backyard.)

  8. Kirk says:

    I’m going to say this just one more time. One. (Enough’s enough.) Passante, there is something particularly beautiful about your work. This is art.

  9. mariemcc says:

    Not only do I remember these, I learned to type on a manual typewriter. Haven’t been to the Sculpture Garden yet. Looks like I’m missing out!

  10. Helen says:

    OMG I remember those. They were horribly hard to use without erasing a whole in the paper! Computers are a GREAT thing! Nice Photo!

  11. Jenny says:

    Very funny! I will confess that, though I’m old enough to remember and have had a typewriter, I never actually knew what those things were for! But of course it makes perfect sense!

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