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One of the most controversial pieces of art in Cleveland is the "Free Stamp" by Danish artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. The 50-foot tall replica of a hand stamp is downtown at Willard Park by City Hall.

The artwork was originally commissioned in 1982 by the Standard Oil Company to sit in front of their soon-to-be- headquarters on Public Square. But, before the piece could be installed, Standard Oil was acquired by BP which didn't like the piece. "Free Stamp" sat in storage in Indiana for years before BP donated it to the city of Cleveland.

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