Philadelphia Public Art

Content: Lighting Fixtures, Lanterns, Lamps

Shofuso Japanese Lanterns
* lanterns
* visible through the fence along Belmont Drive
* Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. Belmont Drive between Horticulture and Lansdowne.
* 39.981200,-75.212800 [map]
* On the West Park tour
* See also:

Japanese Lantern
* abstract lantern
* Formerly in the East courtyard of the University Museum
* Exhibits: Missing

Temple Gates
1929 (installed 1960)
* lamp, Temple seal, building
* Gates. Pollett Walk (formerly Berks Mall), East side of Broad, South of Norris.
* 39.981650,-75.156900 [map]
* On the Temple Campus tour

Joel Schwartz, 1986
* abstract light fixtures
* Entrance. Southwest corner 11th and Spruce.
* 39.946250,-75.159600 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also:

Pyramid Lights
* big abstract lights
* Was on the 32nd Street Walkway between Market and Chestnut. Missing since late April, 2013. Was programmable and changed colors at night
* 39.955000,-75.187100 [map]
* Exhibits: Missing
* See also:
+Drexel University

Pennsylvania Convention Center Lights
The Lighting Practice, 2011
* big abstract lights
* Only visible after dark. The color and pattern are programmable
* Main entrance. Convention Center. East side of Broad between Arch and Race.
* 39.955325,-75.162740 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece
+Pennsylvania Convention Center

Commerce Square Pylons
Stantec ViBE, 2012
* big abstract light-emitting pylon signs
* Entrance. Commerce Square. South side of Market between 20th and 21st.
* 39.953825,-75.174150 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also: visioning-brands-experience page's Commerce Square page

3601 Market Awning
* abstract light display
* Awning. North side of Market, West of 36th.
* 39.956350,-75.194700 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour

Innovation Plaza
ex;it, 2015
* Quotes from Alan Kay, Eleanor Roosevelt and Andy Warhol
* abstract geometric forms, some internally lit
* In addition to the quotes, the blocks on the North end display the names of many innovators.
* inscription:
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol
* Plaza. 37th from Market to Chestnut.
* 39.955645,-75.196295 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* See also:
+entry for this piece on
+entry for this piece on's Alan Key page's Eleanor Roosevelt page's Andy Warhol page

Parkade on 8th
Nacima Boukenna, 2015
* big abstract colored forms, lights
* Parking garage. South side of Arch, spanning 8th.
* 39.953065,-75.153100 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also: article about Nacima Boukenna

Light Fixtures
Gerald Allen, Kent Bloomer, 1984
* abstract flower-like light fixtures
* Entrance. South side of Locust, West of 7th.
* 39.946785,-75.153700 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also:

Philadelphia Beacons
Ray King, 1994 - 1999
* big abstract towers, light sources
* Broad and Washington.
* 39.937850,-75.166800 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also:
+1998 City Paper story

Philadelphia Building Chandelier
Warren Muller, 2008
* chandelier
* Visible through the window
* Interior. East side of Juniper, North of Walnut.
* 39.949425,-75.163050 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also:

General George G. Meade Public School
Irwin T. Catharine, 1936
* School named for George Gordon Meade
* partial standing people, lamps
* East entrance. Gen. George G. Meade School. West side of 18th, North of Oxford.
* 39.978350,-75.164650 [map]
* On the Temple Southwest tour
* See also: Irwin T. Catharine page's George Meade page George Meade School page

Beneficial Savings Fund Society Building
Horace Trumbauer, 1916
* kneeling people, headgear, mirror, flaming torch, plants
* Wall. West side of 12th, South of Chestnut.
* 39.950100,-75.160325 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also: page for the building
+Horace Trumbauer page from

Public Ledger Building
Horace Trumbauer, 1924
* reclining people, head scarf, scepter, burning oil lamp, quills, scrolls, books and tablets
* Entrances. Southwest corner, 6th and Chestnut.
* 39.949200,-75.150850 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:'s page for the building
+Horace Trumbauer page from

Pastorius Monument
Albert Jaegers, 1917
* Monument to Franz Daniel Pastorius
* big seated person, chair, hint of a boat, groups of people standing, plants, lamp
* Northeast corner Vernon Park. Germantown above Chelten.
* 40.036900,-75.176150 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* Exhibits: Favorites
* See also: 1921 picture of this piece's Franz (Francis) Daniel Pastorius page's Vernon Park tour page

Packard Building Sign
Samuel Yellin, 1924 (year on sign)
* small standing, kneeling people, tools, scroll, staff, oar, plants, lamps, eagle, lion's head, seashell, urns, griffins, sign
* Yellin is not listed anywhere as the artist for the sign, but he is listed as the metal worker for the building
* West Entrance. Packard Building. East side of 15th, South of Chestnut.
* 39.950650,-75.165650 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.orgs's Samuel Yellin page
+Samuel Yellin Metal Workers's Packard Building entry

Tabernacle United Church
1884 - 1886
* Symbols of and references to Jesus, Saint John, Saint Luke and Saint Mark
* lizard, plants, partial cherubs and angels, winged lion, winged ox, eagle, sun, candle, fire
* inscription:
North Entrance: I am the door.
tower: My Goodness and My fortress. My High Tower and My Deliver. He in whom I trust.
East Entrance: We have seen his star in the East and are come to worship him.
He is risen.
Lampades multae, una lux.
Christus Exaltus Salvator.
Lux lucet in tenebris
Nec tamen consumebatur.
* North and East sides. Tabernacle United Church. Southwest corner, 37th and Chestnut.
* 39.954500,-75.196800 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:'s page for the building
+Gargoyle Hunter's page for the building
+Tabernacle United Church

Board of Education Building
Irwin T. Catharine, Jules Melidon, 1930
* Busts of Alexander Graham Bell, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Fulton, Stephen Girard, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, John Marshall, William Penn, William Shakespeare, Thaddeus Stevens and Daniel Webster
* groups of people, people standing, people sitting and kneeling, winged people, heads, books, tablets, scrolls, writing implements, linked BE logo, eagles, scarf, staff, buildings, tools, urns, jugs, ship, hourglass, lamp, light fixtures, plants, sun, globes
* There is artwork on the Winter and 21st street sides and in the courtyard on Winter. More busts, not pictured and not easily visible, are on the East and West sides of the building. The School District no longer occupies the building.
* Building. Southwest Corner, 21st and Winter.
* 39.958900,-75.174150 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* Exhibits: New, Unidentified
* See also:'s page for the building's page for the building Irwin T. Catharine page's Alexander Graham Bell page
+The Electric Franklin's Robert Fulton page's Stephen Girard page's Thomas Jefferson page's Abraham Lincoln page's John Marshall page's William Penn page's William Shakespeare page's Thaddeus Stevens page's Daniel Webster page