Philadelphia Public Art

Exhibit: Missing

These pieces are out for repair, have been moved some place where the webmaster can't find them, or have disappeared for other reasons, such as buildings being torn down, natural disasters, or complete erosion by the elements. Sometimes pieces are gone for years and then mysteriously reappear. The pieces with pictures below disappeared after they were added to this site.

Benjamin Franklin
* Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
* big head
* Originally part of a Franklin Court Motor Lodge sign on the Northeast corner of 22nd and Pennsylvania/Hamilton. Franklin's head outlived the rest of the sign by over ten years, but not the demolition of the building in June, 2008.
* Wall.
* Other exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+The Electric Franklin

City Hall Fountain
* abstract fountain
* Was on the East side of 15th, South of Market. Removed when Dilworth Plaza was reconstructed in 2014
* Plaza. Southwest corner of City Hall.
* 39.952015,-75.164875 [map]
* Other exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:'s City Hall page's City Hall page

* Symbol of Jesus
* cross
* Was on the West side of 17th, between Race and Vine
* Other exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

In the Beginning. God...
* Symbol of Jesus
* cross, picture of the earth from the moon
* Was over the Neumann Center door on the Northwest corner of 33rd and Market until approximately 2010. The building is now a multicultural center
* Other exhibits: Religious

Saint Hedwig
* Statue of Saint Hedwig
* small standing person wearing a crown, carrying a house
* Was on the Northeast corner of 24th and Brown, outside the former St. Hedwig's Church, closed c. 2004. Reappeared at the Southeast corner of 24th and Green c. 2010. Removed from that location some time in late 2013 or early 2014. The first two pictures are from 24th and Green. The last picture is from 24th and Brown.
* 39.965710,-75.177200 [map]
* Other exhibits: Religious, Moved, Unidentified
* See also:
+biography of Saint Hedwig

Stele of S'akya-muni
* small standing person
* Concrete reproduction. Formerly in the East courtyard of the University Museum.
* Other exhibits: Religious

The Running of the Salmon
Robert Phillips
* fish
* Was on the Southwest corner, 15th and Walnut
* Over the door.
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece

University City High School Entrance
* abstract designs, horse, boat, seated person, dog
* Was on the West side of 36th, North of Filbert. The High School was torn down in 2015
* Entrance art.
* 39.957475,-75.194300 [map]
* Other exhibits: Unidentified

300 - 1525 ((approximate range of possible dates))
* sphere
* In storage. Was at Penn's Landing at Dock Street. There were originally two spheres at opposite ends of the 1976 International Sculpture Garden. One was removed when the hotel was built (approximately 2001), and the second was removed between then and 2010.

* bull
* Formerly at Penn's Landing at Dock Street. Removed when the hotel was built (approximately 2001)
* Other exhibits: Religious

1695 (approximate)
* small standing people wearing hats
* In storage. Was at Penn's Landing at Dock Street.

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

Central Post
1850 (approximate)
* bird, bear
* Formerly at Penn's Landing at Dock Street. Removed when the hotel was built (approximately 2001)
* Other exhibits: Religious

Thorfinn Karlsefni
Einar Jonsson, 1918
* Statue of Thorfinn Karlsefni
* standing person, helmet, sword and shield, carved people, words
* Was on Kelly Drive, past Boat House Row. Forcibly removed and toppled into the river, October 2nd, 2018. The statue had become an annual gathering site for Nazis on Leif Erikson day.
* inscription:
Following Leif Erikson's discovery of North America in 1003, Thorfinn Karlsefni, with 165 men and 35 women established a settlement which lasted 3 years, and his son Snorri was born in North America.
Leif Erikson society of Pennsylvania
Scandanavian Craft Club of Philadelphia
October 9, 1976
* 39.970190,-75.190050 [map]
* See also:
+The Einar Jonsson Museum's Thorfinn Karlsefni page

City Seal
1925 (from cornerstone)
* small seal of the city, standing people, ship, plow, scroll, food
* Was on the Southwest corner, Juniper and Race. Removed from the building 2008 prior to demolition for Convention Center expansion.
* Wall.
* Other exhibits: Unidentified

Firefighter Gargoyles
1925 (from cornerstone)
* small crouching people wearing hats and helmets, firefighting equipment
* Was on the Southwest corner, Juniper and Race. Removed from the building 2008 prior to demolition for Convention Center expansion.
* Entrance.
* Other exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters, Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:
+Max Buten's page for this piece
+Gargoyle Hunter page for this piece

The Ideal Boy Scout
R. Tait McKenzie, 1937
* small standing person, hat
* Was on the Southeast corner of 22nd and Winter. Removed early 2014 following the eviction of the Boy Scouts by the City of Philadelphia.
* 39.958990,-75.175250 [map]
* See also: 1938 picture of this piece's R. Tait McKenzie page

Le Coureur
Germaine Richier, 1954 (designed)
* small running person
* Was located in front of the Drexel Law School on the South side of Market between 33rd and 34th. The article describing the piece has also been removed from the Drexel website, but it was originally installed some time after 2006 when the law school was founded, possibly as a gift of the original funder, and was probably removed around 2014 when the law school was renamed.
* 39.955525,-75.190200 [map]
* Other exhibits: Athletic
* See also:'s Germaine Richier page

Creese Student Center Mosaic
* big abstract mosaic
* Was on the South side of Chestnut, just West of 32nd. The Creese Student Center was expanded in to a much larger complex which opened in 2014.
* Lower East wall. Creese Student Center, Drexel University.
* 39.953450,-75.187950 [map]
* See also:
+Drexel University

Monument to the Six Million Jewish Martyrs
Nathan Rapoport, 1964
* people, books and scrolls, sword, flames
* Currently in a box while the plaza is being rebuilt. The base of the memorial has inscriptions in both English and Hebrew
* inscription:
front (English):
Presented to the City of Philadelphia by the Association of Jewish New Americans in cooperation with the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, April 26 1964.
right (English):
Remember Drancy, Flossenberg, Gross-Rosea, Klooga, Ewow-Janowska, Majdanek, Mauthausen, Newengamme, Auschwitz, Babi-Yar, Belzic, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Chelmno, Dauchau, Ponary, Ravensbruck, Sachsenhausen, Sobibor, Stutthof, Therestenstadt, Trebeinka, Westerbork.
left (English):
The Holocaust 1933-1945.
Now and forever enshrined in memory are the six million Jewish martyrs who perished in concentration camps, ghettos, and gas chambers. In their deepest agony they clung to the image of humanity, and their acts of resistance in the forests and ghettos redeemed the honor of man. Their suffering and heroism are forever branded upon our conscience and shall be remembered from generation to generation.
* 16th, Arch, and the Parkway.
* 39.955085,-75.167150 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Other exhibits: Religious, War

The John Hanson Monument
Carl Lindborg, 1967
* bust and medalions honoring John A. B. Dahlgren, John Ericsson, John Hanson, John Morton, John Nystrom, Johan Printz and Johan Risingh
* small book, ship, submarine, and related har, cannon, head, standing person
* Dahlgren is listed elsewhere as 1809-1870. This piece was inside the walls near the graveyard of Old Swedes (Columbus Blvd. & Christian St., 916 S. Swanson St). just outside the back door of the house closest to the church. Was missing when checked on August 17 2014. No response received from inquiries to the church or National Park Service.
* inscription:
John Hanson, 1715-1783, First President of US Under Articles of Confederation, 1781-82
John Nystrom, 1829-1885, engineer, inventor, ship builder, author
John Ericsson, 1803-1889, inventor, engineer, scientist
John Dahlgren, 1809-1890, U.S. Admiral - inventions influenced world navies
Johan Risingh, 1617-1672, last governor of New Sweden, author, economist
Johan Printz, 1592-1663, Governor of New Sweden
John Morton, 1724-1777, Signer of Declaration of Independence
Erected October 7, 1967 by Swedish Colonial Society and the Vasa Order of America in Sweden
* 39.934500,-75.143800 [map]
* See also:
+Swedish Colonial Society
+Vasa Order
+biography of John A. B. Dahlgren from's John Ericsson page
+biography of John Hanson from's John Nystrom page
+biography of Johan Printz from
+Gloria Dei Church (Old Swedes)

Mother and Child (or See the Moon)
Evelyn Keyser, 1968 (Smithsonian says 1964)
* seated people
* Moved to the current location in 2017. Was in a plaza in front of the original Health Center where the new building now stands. Last picture is from the original location.
* In front of the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. West side of Broad, South of Morris.
* 39.928975,-75.168875 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* Other exhibits: New
* See also: page for the Community Health and Literacy Center

Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Fountain
Vincent King, 1969
* Memorial to Ellen Phillips Samuel
* fountain
* Removed 2017
* Replaced by the Love Park Fountain
* Plaza. Specifically John F. Kennedy Plaza (Love Park).
* 39.954250,-75.165650 [map]

Two Athletes
Joe Brown, 1969
* big vertical people
* Was on the West side of Broad, just North of Montgomery. The building it was in front of has been expanded and now covers the space where it was
* 39.980800,-75.157650 [map]
* Other exhibits: Athletic
* See also: Joe Brown page

Robert Ranieri, 1972
* abstract assemblage
* Was in front of the old dorm on the South side of Cecil B. Moore, just West of 13th

Dilworth Plaza Fountain
1974 (completion of original plaza)
* waterfall fountain
* Was on the East side of 15th, just North of Market. Removed with the reconstruction and flattening of Dilworth Plaza in 2014
* Plaza. City Hall.
* 39.952700,-75.164710 [map]
* See also:'s City Hall page's City Hall page

Sagg Main Street
Kenneth Snelson, 1975
* abstract assemblage
* Was at the end of the apartment complex driveway on the West side of 20th between Hamilton and Spring Garden
* See also:

Venus and Mars
Robert Ranieri, 1975
* Representation of Mars and Venus
* abstract standing people
* Was on the East side of Broad, between Oxford and Cecil B. Moore. The block was flattened some time around October, 2010.
* Other exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s Mars page's Venus page

Timothy Duffield, 1981
* big people standing
* Was on the North side of Market St. between 18th and 19th. Permanently removed by the building's new owners some time in 2016, whereabouts unknown, possibly scrapped.
* 39.953450,-75.170950 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Other exhibits: Favorites
* See also:'s article about the piece disappearing

Eastwick Farmpark
Rosalie Sherman, 1983
* small sheep, cows, dogs, seated person wearing a hat, bench
* The farmer and his bench were missing on April 20, 2013
* 84th and Crane.
* 39.89407,-75.246725 [map]
* On the Southwest Philly tour
* See also:

Allow Me
J. Seward Johnson, Jr., 1984 (approximate)
* small standing person, umbrella
* Originally at the Northeast corner of 17th and Locust. Moved to the South side of Chestnut between Broad and 15th. Missing as of 12/19/2016. The first picture is from the original location.
* Entrance. Prince Music Theater.
* 39.950880,-75.164800 [map]
* Other exhibits: Moved
* See also:

Dr. Hideyo Noguchi
* Partial statue of Hideyo Noguchi
* small head, torso, and arm, beaker
* Was on the South side of Market, West of 36th. Was not there 7/24/2005.
* inscription:
Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, 1876-1928. Born in Fukushima, Japan. Studied at the University of Pennsylvania (1900-1904) and dedicated his life to medical research. He died of yellow fever in Africa.
Donated by District 265 Kyoto-Joyo Rotary Club.
* Other exhibits: Medical, Unidentified
* See also:'s Hideyo Noguchi page

Andrew Liecester, 1990
* heads, standing people, horses, fish, mermaids
* Most of this piece has disappeared. Only the part in the first picture with the small human heads remains.
* Pier 3, North of Market and Penn's Landing.
* 39.950125,-75.140500 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour

Subject/Object Memory
Lauren Ewing, 1990
* words, chairs
* Checked July 2013. Chairs are missing. Able to transcribe most of the historical inscription.
* inscription:
This was a land of natural beauty and bounty. Oak, Maple, Hawthorne, Cherry, Sweetgum, Crabapple and Ash sheltered deer, fox, rabbit and racoon. The lower land was cut through by hundreds of creeks, and streams rich in muskrat, beaver, fish and waterfowl. This was the home of the Lenni Lenape and Minquas who lived in harmony with the land. (see natural habitat at Tinecum Envm. Cntr.)
In 1638 Swedish settlers founded the colony of New Sweden. The colony prospered and grew because of the fur trade. The settlers built log homes, dams and mills and cleared the land for farms. The wilderness was transformed. When William Penn sailed up the Delaware decades later, he saw a peaceful colony with schools, snug houses, churches and law courts with jury trials.
In 1762 Swedish worshippers built St. James Kingsessing (68th and Wdlnd). The first recorded burial was Jacob Lincoln, 1725-1769. During the Revolutionary War the British attacked Washington's men at the Blue Bell Tavern. Every 20 minutes 1,000 cannon balls were fired at Ft. Mifflin. One passed through the Adam Guyer house while the family dined. (see Cannon Ball House near Ft. Mifflin)
The Penrose Ferry Hotel and Blue Bell Tavern (built 1776) were popular meeting places for local residents and travelers. Legends flourished about marsh creatures and unsavory local characters such as One-armed Tom Robinson. In 1802 Tom framed a man for a grisly murder he committed. After the innocent man hanged, Tom gleefully admitted his misdeeds.
[not legible]
June 9, 1859 the ladies of St. James Church hosted a strawberry festival at Bartram Gardens (residence of Andrew M. Eastwick) to fund a new schoolhouse. From 1880-92, the present Penrose Plaza site was Suffolk Park Racetrack. July 9, 1866 Bud Doble drove "Dexter" to a record win in 2 min. 23 1/2 sec. Wm. T. Eastwick and Emma Thomas married on June 2, 1870 at st. James Church.
A map dated 1872 shows large farm estates in this area. Local family names were Johnson, Young, Mitchell, Holstein and Serrill. The P.B.& W Railroad stopped at Bell Road Sta. and a steam car ran on Darby St. (Woodland). It cost 5c and took only 15 min. to reach Broad and Market Sts. By '86 lots were selling in the area. New streets opened and a hotel was built.
The 20th C. brought industry and population growth to Eastwick. Fels-Naptha Soap and Brill trolley cars were made here. Land was drained for Wilson Field (now Phila. Intn. Airport). In 1927 Lindbergh landed here. During W.W.I Hog Island Naval Yard employed local workers whose sandwiches became known as "Hoagies". Everyday, 1905-16, Anthony Rubillo lit and put out the local street lamps.
The Meadows, as residents called it, was a multi-racial community with churches of all denominations. Neighborhood kids starred on American Bandstand. In 1950 it was declared an Urban Renewal Area. In 1958 the Redevelopment Authority condemned 2,535 homes and 37 churches to make way fora "city within a city." Residents strongly resisted displacement and the imposed change.
[not legible]
* In the parking lot of Penrose Plaza. West side of Island, South of Lindbergh.
* 39.899475,-75.239700 [map]
* On the Southwest Philly tour
* See also:
+Penrose Plaza

Joe Mooney, 1994
* abstract plant form
* Picture contributed by and copyright Joe Mooney. Was on the Woodmere grounds at the corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road, but was not found on a visit in late May, 2017.
* See also:
+Woodmere Art Museum

Floating World
Ava Blitz, 1997
* abstract creatures
* Was on the North side of Market, West of 36th. Checked 2/21/2016. Removed, and the building is marked for demolition.
* On the wall.
* 39.956400,-75.194850 [map]
* See also:

Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
Isaiah Zagar, 1997
* big abstract sign, ideas
* Was on the West side of 23rd between Fairmount and Aspen. As of April, 2017 the property is for sale and the mosaic has been removed.
* Wall.
* 39.967840,-75.175400 [map]
* See also:
+Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility

Andrea Zamel, 1998
* big hand, book
* A collaborative project with Penn and University City High School students, it was located on the West side of 36th, North of Market, at the Southwest corner of the High School, which was torn down in 2015
* inscription: Knowledge is Power
* 39.957350,-75.194225 [map]
* Other exhibits: African American
* See also:

Black Bottom Memorial Wall
Andrea Zamel, 1999
* map, heart and hands symbol, standing people, sitting person, bulldozer, houses, weapons, flag
* a collaborative project with Penn and University City High School students, it was located on the West side of 36th, North of Filbert, on the Southeast corner of the High School, which was torn down in 2015
* inscription:
The Black Bottom was a predominately African American community that once existed between 32nd Street and 40th Street and between Walnut Street and Lancaster Avenue. Within these boundaries was a community based on loyalty, trust, and respect. It was born of economic adversity but based on love. Their love was for their community and its members and they cared for each other as family. Everyone was helpful to one another. The children were raised together. With pride in their hearts and pride for their community prejudice was a stranger to the people of the Black Bottom. The walls of the community were torn down to make way for "Urban Renewal." However the sense of community was planted in the hearts of the members proving that a community can thrive even in a field of barren ground. Resistance did not prevent their neighborhood from being physically destroyed but resistance preserved it in their memories even today. The community still meets every year on the last Sunday in August for the Black Bottom Reunion at Fairmount Park. It is the largest neighborhood gathering in the history of Philadelphia.
We were like a big family, close together until the bulldozers of urban renewal came around. They tore down our neighborhood - but not our spirits! The Black Bottom still is home in our hearts.
We fought to protect our neighborhood and our country.
* Wall art.
* 39.957425,-75.194200 [map]
* Other exhibits: War, African American
* See also:

Clousseau Rousseau
Patricia Ingersoll, Jack Ramsdale, 2006
* elephant painted with plants, reclining person
* Was on the East side of Germantown Avenue North of Hartwell. Originally part of a temporary exhibit but was at one point reported to be permanent.
* See also:

Main Quad Fountain
Hargreaves Associates, 2006
* abstract fountain, University seal
* This fountain only existed for about 7 years before it was removed to accommodate the entrance to a new building. The Drexel University seal was inscribed into the base of the fountain in very shallow relief. Each of the water jets was individually programmable and individually lit at night. On the day the pictures were taken the triangle was divided into four smaller triangles which spouted in succession.
* inscription: Drexel University, 1891, Science, Industry, Art
* Quad. Drexel University.
* 39.954775,-75.188375 [map]
* See also:
+Hargreaves Associates
+Drexel University

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]
* See also:
+Drexel University

Jeffrey Manuel (aka Jefre), 2010
* abstract steles, actual plants
* Was on the Northwest corner, 38th and Powelton for approximately three years. On September 15, 2013, it was gone and the sidewalk where it had been was freshly replaced.
* 39.959700,-75.196800 [map]
* See also:
+article about this piece from

Franz West, 2012
* big abstract standing people
* Was in the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden on Art Museum Drive. Removed November 2015 and returned to the West Foundation in Vienna. The Museum now says it was a temporary loan, but the original article on the Museum's site said "Created specifically for the Gardenís Lower Terrace, Lips (2012) is the last commission West realized prior to his untimely death in July of 2012 and will serve as a testament to the powerful legacy of the artistís influential work."
* 39.967275,-75.181900 [map]
* See also:'s Franz West page