Clothespin is a weathering steel sculpture, by Claes Oldenburg. It is located at Centre Square, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia. Oldenburg is noted for his attempts to democratize art, and the location of Clothespin, above SEPTA's City Hall subway station, allows thousands of viewers to view it on a daily basis.  It was dedicated June 25, 1976. Although Clothespin may be based on a mundane object, this does not obscure its artistic qualities. Made of Corten steel, Clothespin is praised by art critics for its velvety texture and weathered, warm reddish-brown color.  The silvery steel "spring" part the two textured work resembles the numerals "76", apt for the United States Bicentennial year. Tying in Philadelphia's colonial heritage with its difficult present, Clothespin addresses the city's civic issues and attempts to close the gap between income levels within the city through its universally recognized form. The design has been likened to the "embracing couple" in Constantin Brâncuși's sculpture The Kiss in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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^ ab"Claes Oldenburg's Other Works in Philadelphia". Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Retrieved 2013-11-05. "The joined parts, bound by two springs, recalled the embracing couple in Brancusi's sculpture The Kiss in the museum's collection."