Philadelphia Public Art

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These are the pieces that have received the most votes as visitors' favorites in their emails to the webmaster.

Claes Oldenburg, 1976
* big clothespin, abstract standing people
* The sculpture is an elongated version of Brancusi's Kiss.
* Top of the concourse stairs. North side of Market at 15th.
* 39.952400,-75.16570 [map]
* On the City Hall tour.
* See also:
+Travis Truman's picture of this piece

Swann Memorial Fountain
Alexander Stirling Calder, 1924
* Memorial to Dr. Wilson Cary Swann
* big reclining people, swans, frogs, turtles, fountain
* Consists of three large pieces representing the Delaware, the Schuylkill and the Wissahickon, plus frogs and turtles. The fountain is on during the summer and is visible from both ends of the Parkway.
* Center of the circle Logan Square. 19th and the Parkway.
* 39.957900,-75.170600 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* See also:
+Joey Blue's picture of one of the turtles.'s page for this piece 1931 picture of this piece
+Max Buten's picture of one of the turtles's Alexander Stirling Calder page's Logan Circle page

Robert Indiana, 1978
* idea
* There is another copy of LOVE on the Penn campus.
* John F. Kennedy Plaza (Love Park). Northwest of the Northwest corner, JFK and Arch.
* 39.954150,-75.165500 [map]
* On the City Hall tour.
* Other exhibits: Peace and Love
* See also:
+Max Buten's page for this piece's Robert Indiana page
+Smithsonian interview with Robert Indiana

Split Button
Claes Oldenburg, 1981
* big button
* Woodland Walk, between 34th and 36th.
* 39.952210,-75.193700 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour.
* Other exhibits: New
* See also:
+Art at Penn page for this piece

Playing Angels
Carl Milles, 1950
* vertical angels, musical instruments
* Kelly Drive and Fountain Green Drive.
* 39.980225,-75.198840 [map]
* On the Kelly Drive tour.
* Other exhibits: Religious
* See also: pictures from Millesgarden in Stockholm, Sweden

A. Thomas Schomberg, 1980
* Statue of Rocky Balboa
* standing person, boxing gear
* This statue has had several homes, including the top of the Art Museum steps and the Spectrum steps. It was moved to the current location September, 2006. The first picture is from the current location. The second picture is from the Spectrum.
* East side of the Art Museum. 24th and the Parkway.
* 39.965125,-75.179300 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* Other exhibits: Athletic, Moved
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece entry for Rocky
+Philadelphia Museum of Art

Raymond Sandoval, 1995
* Statue of Tamanend
* big standing person wearing a hat, eagle, turtle
* inscription:
In honor of the contributions of Native American Indians - the ancestors, the elders, this generation and the generations to come - this sculpture commemorates Tamanend, a Sakima, of the Lenni-Lenape Nation who resided in the Delaware Valley when Philadelphia or "Coaquannok" was established.

Tamanend stands on a turtle, which represents Mother Earth. The eagle, a reverend messenger of Great Spirit, has a wampum belt in its grasp. This belt recognizes the friendship treaty under the Sackomaxen elm between William Penn ("Mikwon"), Tamanend ("The Affable One") and other leaders of the Lenni-Lenape Nation. It reads "to live in peace as long as the waters are in the rivers and creeks and as long as the stars and moon endure."

Penn dealt with the Lenni-Lenape people when he came to the land given him by the King of England. He bought the land from the Lenni-Lenape through a number of treaties. Tamanend was one of the Sakimas who played a prominent role as a welcoming delegate on Penn's arrival in 1682 and in the early treaties of 1683 and 1692.

Tamanend was considered the patron saint of America by the colonists prior to American Independence. Tamanend day was celebrated annually on May 1st in Philadelphia and bells were rung in his honor.
* Front and Market.
* 39.949735,-75.142000 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour.
* Other exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+Joey Blue's picture of this piece

General Galusha Pennypacker
Charles Grafly, Albert Laessle, 1934
* Statue of Galusha Pennypacker
* standing person wearing a helmet, cats, cannon
* inscription:
Galusha Pennypacker
Brevet Major General
United States Army
* North side of Logan Square. Parkway East of 19th.
* 39.958515,-75.169675 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* Other exhibits: War
* See also: 1935 picture of this piece's Charles Grafly page
+National Museum of Wildlife Art's Albert Laessle page's Galusha Pennypacker page's Logan Circle page

William Zorach, 1954
* puma
* South end of the Azalea Garden. 26th and Kelly Drive.
* 39.967750,-75.182950 [map]
* On the Museum Grounds tour.
* See also: William Zorach page

Joan of Arc
Emmanuel Fremiet, 1890 (listed dates vary widely)
* Statue of Joan of Arc
* horse, seated person, flag, weapons
* Most sources list Joan of Arc's dates as 1412-1431.
* inscription:
Jeanne D'Arc
* 25th and Kelly Drive.
* 39.966500,-75.179175 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* Other exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+Another Max Buten picture of this piece's Emmanuel Fremiet page's Joan of Arc page

The Washington Monument
Rudolf Siemering, 1897
* Monument to George Washington
* big fountains, groups of people, standing people, sitting and reclining people, alligator, bears, birds, bison and oxen, elk and moose, fish, horse, snake, plants, shells, weapons, drum, net, hats
* Restoration of this astoundingly complex and detailed monument was completed in June of 1997.
* West end of Eakins Oval. Parkway at 24th.
* 39.964250,-75.179150 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* See also: 1910 picture of this piece 1959 picture of this piece
+Featured in The Sixth Sense's George Washington page

Aero Memorial
Paul Manship, 1950
* Quotes from and in honor of Julian Biddle, Richard Foulke Day, Norton Downs, Jr., John Drinkwater, Carl Christian Glanz, William Besse Kuen, Stephen Phillips, William Shakespeare, Stephen Spender and Houston Woodward
* small reclining person, birds, celestial globe
* The surrounding inscribed walls and benches are also part of the memorial.
* inscription:
pillar: Aero Memorial, World War I, 1917-1918
To the aviators of Pennsylvania killed in action
Thou hast caught splendour from the sailless sea, and mystery from many stars outwatched. - Stephen Phillips
Master and Maker, God of right the soldier dead are at thy gate who kept the spears of honour bright and freedom's house inviolate. -John Drinkwater
Born of the sun they traveled a short while toward the sun, and left the vivid air signed with their honor. - Stephen Spender
Death makes no conquest of the conqueror for now he lives in fame though not in life. -William Shakespeare
* Aviator Park. East side of 20th St. between Race and the Parkway.
* 39.958090,-75.172060 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* Other exhibits: War
* See also: 1959 picture of this piece
+One of Max Buten's pictures of this piece
+Another of Max Buten's pictures of this piece's Paul Manship page's John Drinkwater page's Stephen Phillips page's William Shakespeare page's Stephen Spender page

Three Way Piece Number 1: Points
Henry Moore, 1964
* abstract
* Parkway West of 16th.
* 39.955540,-75.166850 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* See also:
+The Henry Moore Foundation

We Lost
Tony Smith, 1966
* abstract
* Formerly on Locust Walk just East of 36th. At some point it was replaced with a copy of LOVE. In September, 2013 it was taken out of storage and installed in front of the new nanotech center. The first picture is from the original location. The second picture was taken in December, 2011 of an artist's representation of the piece at its new location. An actual picture from the new location is not yet available.
* North side of Walnut, East of 33rd.
* 39.952625,-75.188900 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour.
* Other exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+Art at Penn page for this piece's Tony Smith page

Dream of Sky
Timothy Duffield, 1976
* big abstract elephant
* South side of Market at the 37th Street Walkway.
* 39.956265,-75.196200 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour.
* See also:

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Stonework
* plants
* Front and side walls. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. West side of Broad, North of Arch.
* 39.955300,-75.163175 [map]
* On the Convention District tour.
* See also: entry for the building
+Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Stone Age In America
John J. Boyle, 1877
* mother and children, mother standing, children crouching and carried, wolf, axe
* Kelly Drive, past Boat House Row.
* 39.971975,-75.190250 [map]
* On the Kelly Drive tour.
* See also:'s John J. Boyle page

Dickens and Little Nell
Francis Edwin Elwell, 1890
* Only known statue of Charles Dickens
* two people, one standing, one sitting, chair
* Clark Park. North side of Chester, West of 43rd.
* 39.948625,-75.209550 [map]
* See also:
+Article about this piece by Martha Rosso 1910 picture of this piece's Francis Edwin Elwell page's Charles Dickens page Clark Park page

The Pilgrim
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1904
* standing person, hat, Bible, walking stick
* Other side of Kelly Drive at Lemon Hill Drive.
* 39.970100,-75.188660 [map]
* On the Kelly Drive tour.
* Other exhibits: Religious
* See also: page for this piece 1912 picture of this piece outside City Hall on a different base
+Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site

Washington Grays Monument
John Wilson, 1908
* standing person wearing a hat, rifle
* The base was created by Joseph Wilson in 1872
* inscription: To Our Fallen Comrades 1861-1865
* In front of the Union League. Southwest corner, Broad and Sansom.
* 39.950060,-75.164350 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour.
* Other exhibits: War
* See also:
+Max Buten's page for this piece page for this piece
+The Union League

Rittenhouse Square Fountain
Paul Philippe Cret, 1913
* small head, turtles, insects, snail, otter?, fountain
* Center of Rittenhouse Square. Southwest from 18th and Walnut.
* 39.949290,-75.171740 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour.
* See also:
+The Paul Philippe Cret Collection at's Rittenhouse Square page

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.
* See also: 1921 picture of this piece's Franz (Francis) Daniel Pastorius page's Vernon Park tour page

Over the Top
John Paulding, 1920
* standing person, helmet, rifle
* Misattributed many places as "Doughboy, Ernest Moore Viquesney, 1919." Thanks to Kenneth Berchem-Nigg for the correction.
* inscription: In memory of our boys of the sixth, eleventh, and twelfth wards who served in the Great War of the nations, 1914-1918
* Northeast corner, 2nd and Spring Garden.
* 39.960835,-75.141250 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour.
* Other exhibits: War
* See also:'s John Paulding page

The Thinker
Auguste Rodin, 1925 (cast)
* seated person
* In front of the Rodin Museum. North side of the Parkway between 21st and 22nd.
* 39.961510,-75.174535 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* See also:'s Auguste Rodin page
+Rodin Museum

Art Museum Roof Ornaments
1928 (year of building)
* griffins (museum logo), gazelles, plants
* Around the roof. Art Museum. Art Museum Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge)..
* 39.965250,-75.182000 [map]
* On the Museum Grounds tour.
* See also:
+Philadelphia Museum of Art

Shakespeare Memorial
Alexander Stirling Calder, 1928
* Memorial to William Shakespeare
* people, sitting and lying
* inscription: All the World's A Stage, and All the Men and Women merely players.
* North side of Logan Square. 19th and the Parkway.
* 39.958750,-75.171200 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* See also: 1930 picture of this piece's Alexander Stirling Calder page's William Shakespeare page's Logan Circle page

Ericsson Fountain
Charles E. Borie, Jr., Horace Trumbauer, Alfred Zantzinger, 1934
* In memory of Captain John Ericsson
* fountain
* inscription:
Dedicated to the memory of Captain John Ericsson, scientist, inventor, patriot. Born in Sweden July 31, 1803. Died in America, the country of his adoption, March 8, 1889.
* West end of Eakins Oval. Parkway at 24th.
* 39.964610,-75.178700 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* See also: 1934 picture of this piece 1961 picture of this piece
+Horace Trumbauer page from
+discussion of John Ericcson's engine designs from
+pictures of John Eriscson from

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
James Earle Fraser, 1938
* Statue of Benjamin Franklin
* big seated person, chair
* Free, but not always open. Check times. Second picture is of a reference from the mural at 24th and Chestnut.
* Interior. Franklin Institute. West side of 20th, South of the Parkway.
* 39.958200,-75.173000 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* See also:
+official page for this piece's James Earle Fraser page
+The Electric Franklin
+The Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Spirit of Enterprise
Jacques Lipchitz, 1950 - 1960
* Quote from Theodore Roosevelt
* big eagle, snake, person leaning forward
* inscription: Our nation glorious in youth and strength looks into the future with fearless and eager eyes as vigorous as a young man to run a race. -Theodore Roosevelt
* Central Terrace Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial. Kelly Drive, past Boat House Row.
* 39.973600,-75.190875 [map]
* On the Kelly Drive tour.
* See also:'s Jacque Lipchitz page's Theodore Roosevelt page's Samuel Memorial tour page

Peace Symbol
Robert Engman, 1967
* peace symbol
* This piece has been listed as being by David Linquist or Lindquist, but according to the Smithsonian, it was a group student project supervised by Robert Engman
* Woodland Walk East of 36th.
* 39.952600,-75.194175 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour.
* Other exhibits: Peace and Love
* See also:'s Robert Engman page

Milord La Chamere
Jean Dubuffet, 1973
* big standing person
* High up in a niche on the wall. South side of Market Street between 15th and 16th, facing Northwest.
* 39.952560,-75.166200 [map]
* On the City Hall tour.
* See also:'s Jean Dubuffet page

Alexander Liberman, 1974
* big abstract arch
* Spanning Locust Walk at 36th Street.
* 39.952700,-75.200600 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour.
* See also:
+Art at Penn page for this piece's Alexander Liberman page's Alexander Liberman page

Diego de Gardoqui
Luis Sanguino, 1977
* Statue of Diego de Gardoqui
* standing person, piece of paper
* A number of different artists names are listed in various places, but this one seems most likely. In 2012 this piece was moved inside Sister Cities Park, and the Children's Garden was built around it
* inscription:
Envoy of the King of Spain
* Children's Garden, Sister Cities Park, East side of Logan Square. West side of 18th, South of Vine.
* 39.958185,-75.169225 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* Other exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+Diego Maria de Gardoqui entry from the National Park Service's Mission 2000 Database's Logan Circle page

Henry Mitchell, 1979
* In memory of William W. Bodine, Jr.
* small otters, rocks, fountain
* Moved from the West end of the building to the East end, probably in 2007. The first picture is from the original location, the rest are from after the move, and with a much lower water level in the pool.
* inscription: With Gratitude to William W. Bodine Jr. Leader, builder and friend of Thomas Jefferson University.
* On the campus of Thomas Jefferson University. South side of Walnut between 10th and 11th behind the building which faces Walnut..
* 39.947965,-75.157975 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour.
* Other exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+NY Times obituary of William W. Bodine, Jr.
+Thomas Jefferson University

Timothy Duffield, 1981
* big people standing
* North side of Market St. between 18th and 19th.
* 39.953450,-75.170950 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour.
* See also:

Mark di Suvero, 1983 (installed 2007)
* big abstract
* Between the Parkway and Pennsylvania at 24th.
* 39.965050,-75.177800 [map]
* On the Parkway tour.
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+Another Max Buten picture of this piece's Mark di Suvero page

Starman in the Ancient Garden
Brower Hatcher, 1990
* big face, architectural elements
* The first two pictures are of the piece in its original configuration. The second two pictures were taken after 2002 when the plaza was leveled and partially converted to a driveway, most of the Ancient Garden elements were removed, and the Starman was moved closer to the Walnut Street sidewalk and surrounded by concrete bumper posts.
* Plaza. Wills Eye Hospital. Southeast corner, 9th and Walnut.
* 39.948150,-75.155550 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour.
* Other exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+Brower Hatcher's
+Wills Eye Hospital

Your Move
Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis, Roger White, 1996
* big chess pieces, Monopoly pieces, dominoes, etc.
* Scattered around the plaza. Municipal Services Building. West side of Broad between Arch and JFK.
* 39.953950,-75.164150 [map]
* On the City Hall tour.

Irish Memorial
Glenna Goodacre, 2002 (opened late 2003)
* small group of people standing, lying and sitting, grave stones, crosses, shovel, part of a ship, luggage, cane, hats
* inscription:

The hunger ended
but it never went away
It was there in silent memories,
from one generation
to the next,

The time to take away
the silence has come,
to commemorate,
to mourne what was lost
to celebrate what survives -
without apology or fear.

We have it in our power
not only to remember
what took place but to relive it...
To find in the hungry and lost,
not a different race...
but the faces of our ancestors...
An image of ourselves.

             Peter Quinn

* Southeast corner, Front and Chestnut.
* 39.947850,-75.142050 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour.
* See also:
+Artist's site for this piece

Zoo Mural
Geronimo Company, Paul Santoleri, Steve Stormer, 2002
* big abstract, giraffe, hippo
* Focusing on the sculptural and mosaic elements.
* Railroad bridge. Outside the Zoo. Both sides of Girard, from 34th West.
* 39.975150,-75.195550 [map]
* On the West Park tour.
* See also:
+Philadelphia Zoo

Keys to Community
James Peniston, 2007
* bust incorporating symbol of Benjamin Franklin
* big head and torso, keys
* On top of a wall. North side of Arch, East of 4th.
* 39.952415,-75.146300 [map]
* On the Old City tour.
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece
+The Electric Franklin