Item #: SKP-173
Usage: Liquidation class 3
Safety Instructions: Item SKP-173-US is to be kept in a locked container at all times. When personnel must enter SCP-173's container, no fewer than 3 may enter at any time and the door is to be relocked behind them. At all times, two persons must maintain direct eye contact with SKP-173-US until all personnel have vacated and relocked the container.
When SKP-173-US is used for liquidation, three personnel have to maintain eye contact with SKP-173-US through observation windows in the walls of the cell, while the delinquent is to be brought into the cell through its entrance. By command of the liqidation-officer the door is to be closed, followed by the observation windows.
Description: Moved to Site-US19 1993. Origin is as of yet unknown. It is constructed from concrete and rebar with traces of Krylon brand spray paint. SCP-173 is animate and extremely hostile. The object cannot move while within a direct line of sight. Line of sight must not be broken at any time with SCP-173. Personnel assigned to enter container are instructed to alert one another before blinking. Object is reported to attack by snapping the neck at the base of the skull, or by strangulation. In the event of an attack, personnel are to observe Class 4 hazardous object containment procedures.
Personnel report sounds of scraping stone originating from within the container when no one is present inside. This is considered normal, and any change in this behavior should be reported to the acting HMCL supervisor on duty.
The reddish brown substance on the floor is a combination of feces and blood. Origin of these materials is unknown. The enclosure must be cleaned on a bi-weekly basis. After a liquidation it is to be cleaned immediately and corpses are to be removed.
The liquidation-officer is free to tell the delinquent about the paranormal properties of SKP-173-US before he is brought into the containment chamber, to intensify their tribulation.
A note of caution: SCP-173 is a secondary use of the image of the art piece "Untitled 2004", which was created by Izumi Kato. The concept of SCP-173 does not have any relationship with the artist's original concept of "Untitled 2004".
The sculpture, its likeness, and the photograph have not been released under any Creative Commons license. Only the text of this article is released under Creative Commons. This sculpture and its likeness may not be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances. Izumi Kato has graciously chosen to allow the use of the image of "Untitled 2004" by the SCP Foundation and its fanbase for non-commercial purposes only.