Franz Erhard Walther

Find A Purpose For The Pocket

Franz Erhard Walther, Find a purpose for the pocket

Franz Erhard Walther
Find a purpose for the pocket, 1969
canvas trianglar shaped pocket with Walther's stamped signature and the date sewn on its belt loop, published by Vice-Versand, Remscheid, Germany
14 1/2h x 5 3/4w in
unlimited edition


Describing his work as “objects to use," this is one of Walther’s participatory fabric objects. Realized only when activated, in the case of this “pocket,” it is when the user finds a purpose for it. The loop sewn on the front allows the pocket to be worn on a belt.

There are several versions and sizes, some without the signature and date and some with (the versions with the signature and date are earlier), the belt loop is on the back side on some, on the front like this version and absent on others. It is also found with various titles like ‘Find a reason for this pocket’ or ‘Find a purpose for the bag’. In 1969 Wolfgang Feelisch advertised the multiple as “Find a purpose for the pocket”. 


$ 1,800