Free Stamp, east of City Hall

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
one half inch steel plate, 1991

The stamp, on its side, partially embedded in the lawn

The AIA Guide to Cleveland Architecture explains that this work was originally commissioned by the Standard Oil company in 1982. It "was designed to stand upright on a pink granite 'pad' to grace the Public Square entrance to their new headquarters building. Following spirited public debate, and after BP America assumed management of Standard Oil, it was decided that the sculpture was inappropriate for the site. BP America donated the work to the city of Cleveland" (71).

Work Cited:
Robert C. Gaede et al. Guide to Cleveland Architeture. Second Edition. Cleveland: AIA Cleveland a Chapter of the the American Institute of Architects, 1997.

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