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Seattle, Washington: Giant Typewriter Eraser (Gone)

Giant what? Conceived in 1975, this 19-foot-tall artwork wasn't built until 1999, when typewriter erasers had been nearly rubbed out. It was sold in late 2022 and disappeared.

5th Ave N and Harrison St.
Sold for $8.4 million. Gone.

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Giant Typewriter Eraser

It is still at the Seattle Center -- I want to say in the back. I found it by accident when I had to turn around.

[Kathleen Brown, 06/19/2019]

Seems to remain at the Harrison St. circle next to the Artists at Play Playground.

Typewriter eraser.

Giant Typewriter Eraser

This typewriter eraser statue was moved to outside of the Seattle Center, next to the EMP.

[Greg, 07/05/2016]

Typewriter eraser.

Giant Typewriter Eraser

This sculpture of a typewriter eraser comes from the pop generation of art. It was proposed in 1975, but not actually sculpted until 1999. Its current home is Olympic Sculpture Park, next to Elliot Avenue, just up from the waterfront. Artists: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. It's 19 feet, 4 inches tall, made of stainless steel and fiberglass, and painted with acrylic urethane.

[Connie in Seattle, 03/29/2014]

There are a few more of these around; we saw one merrily rubbing out the sidewalk in Las Vegas. It's enjoyable as a bizarre piece of public art even for those who have never seen a real typewriter eraser.

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