Geometric Mouse X Sculpture by Claes Oldenburg
Geometric Mouse X Sculpture
Geometric Mouse X by artist Claes Oldenburg sits in front of one side of the Houston Public Library in downtown Houston
This modern sculpture is in front of the more modern part of the building. It is a full city block campus at the downtown Houston Public Library.
It can be viewed at the corner of McKinny and Bagby Streets.
The artist who created this whimsical eye catching red sculpture is Claes Oldenburg. He has often created works for public art enjoyment.
He was influenced by the Pop Art Movement and has utilized a mouse theme more than once.
Do you see a mouse in this sculpture?
The Pop Art Movement started out in the 1950s and when I personally think of Pop Art, Andy Warhol and his Campbell Soup Can canvasses immediately come to mind.
Everyday objects were often used as subject matter.
From items used in advertising to figures in comic strips…all could be found in that particular art movement of the time and what has been fashioned since that time labeled Pop Art.
This sculpture was created in 1971 and is comprised of paint on Cor-Ten Steel and was originally painted an orange color.
It has since been repainted red with the artist’s permission.
Featured below is a video showing how this Mouse sculpture by Claes Oldenburg is versatile as to how it can be displayed in various guises.
The photo below shows the part of the oldest building that was made into this downtown public library. It is surrounded by more modern buildings on other sides.
It was named in honor of the very first librarian hired as such in Houston by the name of Julia Ideson. That was in the year 1903. She worked for more than 20 years in that capacity and served Houston and its residents well.
This beautiful building which opened in 1926 was built in an ornate Spanish Renaissance type of architectural style. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The beautiful brickwork, columns, tile, grand staircase and sheer beauty of its interior makes it a desirable location for many different types of events such as weddings. Spaces can be rented for different occasions.
Claes Oldenburg was born in 1929 in Sweden but became a naturalized citizen in America. He was drawn to studying art and accumulated many awards and honors over the years.
You can see much more of the type of art he has created by viewing the video below:
This Geometric Mouse X sculpture in Houston is one of the largest ones that Oldenburg fashioned and had welded together. Some of his are desk sized!
This eye catching sculpture was anonymously donated to our fine city in 1975 when it was installed on location. Whoever did that surely helped to brighten up our downtown city streets. Those of us who appreciate art surely are indebted to them for their philanthropy.