Typewriter Eraser, Scale X: a Monumental Art Installation
Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, 1999, made in partnership with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen (American, born Netherlands, 1942-2009) seen at the entrance of The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo: Addiel Perera, The Florida Daily Post)

It took three years for The Norton Museum of Art‘s huge expansion and renovation to unveil 12,000 square feet of gallery space, new classrooms, a new restaurant, a new sculpture garden, a 210-seat auditorium, and a new entrance that evokes real enjoyment for art and culture. And anchored at the entrance’s plaza is this Typewriter Eraser, Scale X (1999) art installation by Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen.

The colossal 19-foot-high sculpture upends the conventional relationship between viewer and subject, taking visitors to a short journey through Oldenburg’s early interpretations of the typewriter eraser, a subject that has inspired him since the late 1960s.

Typewriter Eraser, Scale X: a Monumental Art Installation