Rochester, New York: Big Pencil

Big pencil stands in front of a bookstore. Most books aren't written in pencil, but it works well as a signpost.

Writers and Books

740 University Ave., Rochester, NY
Writers and Books. On the north side of University Ave. between Oxford and Merman Sts.
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Big Pencil

University Avenue, from the umbrella bus shelter to the School of the Arts, is loaded with all sorts of cool things to see! There's a bench with hands you can sit in, several art installations, a rainbow piano sidewalk, and the Memorial Art Gallery-- all within a couple blocks! My daughter hails it as her favorite walk we've ever taken.

[Amber, 05/06/2020]

Pencil and phone booth.

Big Pencil

There's a giant Pencil in front of a book store on University Ave.

[Kelly Soprych, 10/15/2017]

Next to the the pencil is an old British-style phone booth; pick up the receiver and you can listen to spoken poetry.

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