Geometric Mouse X Sculpture by Claes Oldenburg in Houston, Texas
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 and can be viewed at the corner of McKinny and Bagby Streets. It is a full city block campus at the downtown Houston Public Library.
The artist who created this whimsical eye catching red sculpture is Claes Oldenburg. He has often created works for public art enjoyment and was influenced by the Pop Art Movement. A mouse theme was utilized by him several times.
Do You See a Mouse in This Sculpture by Claes Oldenburg?
The Pop Art Movement started out in the 1950s.
When I personally think of pop art Andy Warhol and his Campbell soup can canvasses immediately come to mind. Other artists in addition to Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg known to have participated in the pop art movement include Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Tom Wesselman, Peter Blake and David Hockney among others.
Everyday objects were often used as subject matter. Mass produced items became fodder for these artists. Examples of things which suddenly gained importance as a piece of art include the following:
- Heinz ketchup
- Soda bottle
- Brillo pad
- Ice cream cone
- S&H Green Stamps
- Apple Core
- Floor cone
Figures in comic strips, political figures and images of actresses such as Marilyn Monroe were suddenly found in that particular art movement of the time.
Some people saw humor in this type of art. Certainly there were skeptics who did not consider this to be real art but it certainly seemed to appeal to a vast majority of people.
This particular sculpture titled Geometric Mouse X 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.
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Artist Claes Oldenburg
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.
This Geometric Mouse X sculpture in Houston is one of the largest ones that Oldenburg fashioned and had welded together. Some of his sculptures are desk sized in comparison.
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 are surely indebted to that person or entity for their philanthropy.
You can see much more of the type of art Claes Oldenburg has created by viewing the video below.
Downtown Houston Public Library
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. Claes Oldenburg's Geometric Mouse is fittingly placed in front of one of the more modern buildings.
The downtown library 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 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.
Questions & Answers
The Geometric Mouse X sculpture by Claes Oldenburg is gone! Do you know what happened to it?
I just called the Houston Public Library downtown location and was told that the Geometric Mouse X sculpture was removed on April 22nd to have some conservation work done. When completed the sculpture will be returned to that same location.
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