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All new entries and new pictures of existing entries added in 2017.



New Entries

Elfreth's Alley Sign
* small houses, sign
* South side of Elfreth's Alley. East side of 2nd, North of Arch.
* 39.952825,-75.143020 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* Other exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+elfrethsalley.org




Masonic Temple Entrance
James H. Windrim, 1868 - 1873
* big geometric patterns
* Entrance. Masonic Temple. Northeast corner, Broad and JFK.
* 39.953675,-75.163145 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Masonic Temple page
+philadelphiabuildings.org's James H. Windrim page
+pamasonictemple.org




First Troop Helmet
1900
* helmet
* Over the entrance. First Troop Armory. East side of 23rd, North of Chestnut.
* 39.953190,-75.178130 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+firsttroop.com




Roosevelt Apartments Entrance
1913
* birds, plants, abstract design,
* Entrance. Southeast corner, 23rd and Walnut.
* 39.951020,-75.178310 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour




Handshake
1934
* big hands
* Former headquarters of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America
* Over the entrance. North side of South, East of 22nd.
* 39.945250,-75.177775 [map]
* On the Fitler Square tour
* See also:
+ Reference to the building from library.temple.edu




Ivy Day Markers
1936 - 1948
* small ivy leaves, idea
* There are Ivy Day markers all over the Penn campus, but these are particularly sculptural.
* West wall. Irvine Auditorium. Northwest of 34th and Spruce.
* 39.950965,-75.193260 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Irvine Auditorium page




Bull Negative and Bull Positive
Filippo Bermani, 1943 (unconfirmed)
* small bulls
* Smaller pieces on the grounds are not consistently documented and are sometimes moved.
* Grounds of Woodmere Art Museum. Corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road.
* 40.083100,-75.220600 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+Woodmere Art Museum




Pillar
Leon Sitarchuk, 1978
* abstract form
* Another copy is the Rodman Street Pillar
* Grounds of Woodmere Art Museum. Corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road.
* 40.082990,-75.219805 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+Woodmere Art Museum




Disc
Paul Sisko, 1990
* abstract form
* Also listed as Disk. Pieces on the grounds are sometimes moved.
* Grounds of Woodmere Art Museum. Corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road.
* 40.082670,-75.219525 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+paulsisko.com
+Woodmere Art Museum




Tierra
Sidney Goodman, 1990 - 1995
* standing person, group of babies, detached face
* Pieces on the grounds tend to move over time
* Grounds of Woodmere Art Museum. Corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road.
* 40.082550,-75.219700 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+sidneygoodmanestate.com
+Woodmere Art Museum




Wynn Commons Sign
Venturi, Scott Brown (and Rauch), 2001
* Named for Steve Wynn
* big Penn logo, sign
* At the time this piece was installed the firm was named Ven­turi, Scott Brown and As­so­ci­ates
* East end of Wynn Commons. Northwest corner of Irvine Auditorium. North side of Spruce, West of 34th..
* 39.951090,-75.193215 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* See also:
+venturiscottbrown.org
+wikipedia.org's Steve Wynn page




Sankofa Kore
Christopher Smith, 2011 (installed 2015)
* small standing person
* Grounds of Woodmere Art Museum. Corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road.
* 40.082965,-75.219855 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* Other exhibits: African American
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece
+moore.edu article about this piece
+smithsculptor.com
+Woodmere Art Museum




Camac Center
Isaiah Zagar, 2014
* abstract parts of people, words
* Wall. East side of Camac, South of Walnut.
* 39.948450,-75.161430 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also:
+philadelphiasmagicgardens.org




Do Good Things
2015 (possibly 2016)
* In memory of Jack David Mazur
* plants, sun, hands, abstract forms
* inscription:
In memory of our friend and neighbor
Jack David Mazur
1/21/39 - 9/20/14
"Do good things."
* Wall. Northwest corner, 25th and Aspen.
* 39.968990,-75.178625 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour




Richard Allen
Fern Cunningham-Terry, 2016
* statue of, with tribute to Richard Allen, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Clementa C. Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons and Myra Thompson
* small standing person, pulpit, Bible
* inscription:
base
Richard Allen
1760-1831
Founder and First Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Apostle of freedom proclaiming a liberating and reconciling Gospel.
tribute plaques
In Tribute to the Emanuel Nine
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the pastor and eight faithful members were tragically slain in a mass shooting at
Emanuel African American Methodist Episcopal Church
Charleston, South Carolina
They had come together with great joy for a weekly Bible Study. But a stranger who had been warmly welcomed into the group snuffed out the lives of these beloved fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, colleagues and friends. May the untimely deaths of these three men and six women be an eternal reminder of the power of love and forgiveness, and that God's grace is sufficient, no matter what.
The Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, 41
State Senator and Senior Pastor
The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45
Mrs. Cynthia Hurd, 54
Ms. Susie Jackson, 87
Ms. Ethel Lance, 70
The Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
Mr. Tywanza Sanders, 26
The Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74
Mrs. Myra Thompson, 59
For to me, to live in Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:21, NIV
* Southwest corner of the parking lot. Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Northeast corner 6th and Lombard.
* 39.943115,-75.151985 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* Other exhibits: Religious, African American
* See also:
+emanuelamechurch.org's tribute page
+cunninghamsculpture.com
+wikipedia.org's Fern Cunningham page
+wikipedia.org's Richard Allen page
+Mother Bethel AME Church




Spring & Triangle
Dina Wind, 2016
* big abstract forms
* On the grounds of Woodmere Art Museum. Corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road.
* 40.082700,-75.220150 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+dinawindart.org
+Woodmere Art Museum




A Quest for Parity: The Octavius V. Catto Memorial
Branly Cadet, 2017
* Memorial to and statue of Octavius Catto
* big and small standing person, ideas, cube and mirrored orb, steles representing a streetcar and a representational streetcar, buildings, plants, horse, clouds, groups of people, some sitting, hats, guns, baseball equipment
* inscription:
South side of steles, North side of cube:
There must come a change which will force upon this nation that course which providence seems wisely to be directing for the mutual benefit of all peoples.
West side of steles, West side of cube:
Educator Leader Major Athlete Activist
South side of cube: October 10, 1871
East side of cube:
XV
Amendment to the United States Constitution
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
North side of steles:
1839 Born February 22 in Charleston, South Carolina
1854 Becomes a student at the Philadelphia Institute for Colored Youth
1858 Graduates from the Institute for Colored Youth
1859 Chosen as a member and recording secretary of the Banneker Institute, an all black literary society led by Jacob White, Jr. Hired as an English and mathematics teacher at his alma mater. Campaign to desegregate the horse-drawn streetcars in Philadelphia begins.
1863 becomes a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Helps lead a civil war recruitment committee with Frederick Douglas, members of the Union League, and others, which raises eleven regiments of black troops who trained at Camp William Penn in Cheltenham.
1864 Named corresponding secretary of the Pennsylvania Equal Rights League, an affiliate of the National Equal Rights League. Appointed Vice President of the State Convention of Colored People held in Harrisburg. Led civil disobedience protests and lobbied white legislators in Harrisburg to desegregate streetcars.
1865 Co-authored the state Equal Rights League call for voting rights, streetcar desegregation, and the hiring of black teachers for black students in public schools.
1867 Governor signs statewide "Bill of Rights" law desegregating streetcars. Led the Pythians Base Ball Club of Philadelphia to an undefeated season.
1869 Named principal of male students at the Institute for Colored Youth Pythians play the Olympic Ball Club in Philadelphia in the first match between black and white teams. A leader of the unsuccessful effort to integrate the private City Wide Congress of Literary Societies. Helps lead successful Pennsylvania campaign to pass the 15th Amendment which led to thousands of black men registering to vote.
1870 The Union League presents Octavius Catto, Frederick Douglas, and Robert Purvis with a banner celebrating Pennsylvania's adoption of the 15th Amendment at a ceremony on Broad Street. Writes curriculum for new schools for freed former slaves in the District of Columbia. Becomes a member of the original Franklin Institute breaking the color line at the prestigious national forum for advancing American science and technology.
1871 Named an Inspector General with the rank of Major in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Shot to death on October 10, on South Street in the midst of election day riots. He was 32, and one of many black men shot or attacked that day by opponents of the 15th Amendment. As one of Philadelphia's most influential leaders, more than 5,000 mourners attended his funeral and procession down Broad Street.
* South side of City Hall. North side of S. Penn Square at Broad.
* 39.951775,-75.164100 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* Other exhibits: Athletic, War, African American
* See also:
+branlycadet.com
+wikipedia.org's Octavius Catto page
+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page




Declaration of Independence
Tiequn Geng, Guangxi Qihe Bronze Studio, Dr. Komuro Hiromi, Dr. QiongZhao (Ellen) Schicktanz, John Trumbull, 2017 (installed)
* Full figure reliefs of John Adams, Samuel Adams, Josiah Bartlett, Charles Carroll, Samuel Chase, Abraham Clark, George Clinton, George Clymer, John Dickinson, William Ellery, William Floyd, Benjamin Franklin, Elbridge Gerry, John Hancock, Benjamin Harrison V, Joseph Hewes, Thomas Heyward Jr., William Hooper, Stephen Hopkins, Francis Hopkinson, Samuel Huntington, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lewis, Philip Livingston, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Lynch Jr., Thomas McKean, Arthur Middleton, Lewis Morris, Robert Morris, William Paca, Robert Treat Paine, George Read, Benjamin Rush, Edward Rutledge, Roger Sherman, Richard Stockton, Charles Thomson, George Walton, William Whipple, William Williams, Thomas Willing, James Wilson, John Witherspoon, Oliver Wolcott and George Wythe
* small people, some standing, some sitting, furniture, paper and pens, interior of Independence Hall
* inscription: (partial)
This bronze sculpture replicates John Trumbull's famous painting Declaration of Independence that is displayed in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol. It depicts the presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress in Independence Hall on June 28, 1776, by the drafting committee, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston (shown seated to the left of the table).
Forty-two of the 56 signers of the Declaration are portrayed; Trumbull originally intended to include the 56 signers, but was unable to obtain likenesses for all of them. He also portrayed five people who did not sign the Declaraion, but who were present on June 28th. Because the Declaration was debated and signed over a period of six to eight weeks, the men shown here were never in Independence Hall at the same time.
The sculpture is a donation from Dr. QiongZhao (Ellen) Schicktanz, a naturalized Asian-American artist, in gratitude for her life as an American Citizen.
* North wall. Museum of the American Revolution. South side of Chestnut, East of 3rd.
* 39.948500,-75.145750 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's page for the original painting
+americangoddessartmuseum.com (Ellen Schicktanz)
+wikipedia.org's John Trumbull page
+wikipedia.org's John Adams page
+wikiedia.org's Samuel Adams page
+wikipedia.org's Josiah Bartlett page
+wikipedia.org's Charles Carroll page
+wikipedia.org's Samuel Chase page
+wikipedia.org's Abraham Clark page
+wikipedia.org's George Clinton page
+wikipedia.org's George Clymer page
+wikipedia.org's John Dickinson page
+wikipedia.org's William Ellery page
+wikipedia.org's William Floyd page
+The Electric Franklin
+wikipedia.org's Elbridge Gerry page
+wikipedia.org's John Hancock page
+wikipedia.org's Benjamin Harrison V page
+wikipedia.org's Joseph Hewes page
+wiki[edia.org's Thomas Heyward Jr. page
+wikipedia.org's William Hooper page
+wikipedia.org's Stephen Hopkins page
+wikipedia.org's Francis Hopkinson page
+wikipedia.org's Samuel Huntington page
+wikipedia.org's Thomas Jefferson page
+wikipedia.org's Richard Henry Lee page
+wikipedia.org's Francis Lewis page
+wikipedia.org's Philip Livingston page
+wikipedia.org's Robert R. Livingston page
+wikipedia.org's Thomas Lynch Jr. page
+wikipedia.org's Thomas McKean page
+wikipedia.org's Arthur Middleton page
+wikipedia.org's Lewis Morris page
+wikipedia.org's Robert Morris page
+wikipedia.org's William Paca page
+wikipedia.org's Robert Treat Paine page
+wikipedia.org's George Read page
+wikipedia.org's Benjamin Rush page
+wikipedia.org's Edward Rutledge page
+wikipedia.org's Roger Sherman page
+wikipedia.org's Richard Stockton page
+wikipedia.org's Charles Thomson page
+wikipedia.org's George Walton page
+wikipedia.org's William Whipple page
+wikipedia.org's William Williams page
+wikipedia.org's Thomas Willing page
+wikipedia.org's James Wilson page
+wikipedia.org's John Witherspoon page
+wikipedia.org's Oliver Wolcott page
+wikipedia.org's George Wythe page
+amrevmuseum.org




The Arsenal of Independence
2017
* Reference to Benjamin Flower
* cannon barrels, sign
* inscription: (partial)
Imagine this neighborhood filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of war. Philadelphia's tradesmen and women produced muskets, cannon, ammunition, wagons, ships, uniforms and flags that helped to win American Independence. In 1775, hat maker Benjamin Flower lived just a block from where you are standing. He joined the Revolutionary cause and became Commissary General of Military Stores for the Continental Army.
* in front of the Museum of the American Revolution. Southeast Corner, 3rd and Chestnut.
* 39.948525,-75.145935 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* Other exhibits: War
* See also:
+Orders to Benjamin Flower from George Washington
+amrevmuseum.org




The Bond
James West, 2017
* Statue of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington
* two people standing, Masonic emblem
* inscription:
Brother George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, first President of the United States, and member of Alexandria Lodge (Fairfax County, Virginia) shows his Masonic Apron to Brother Benjamin Franklin, diplomat who negotiated French involvement in our independence. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and Master of the Loge Les Neuf Soeurs, in Paris. It was a gift from Brother General Lafayette, member of the Loge Contrat Social of Paris, who represented the French government and their commitment to American Independence.
* In front of the Masonic Temple. Northeast corner, Broad and JFK.
* 39.953510,-75.163150 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:
+studiowildwest.com
+The Electric Franklin
+wikipedia.org's George Washington page
+pamasonictemple.org




Washington Crossing the Delaware
Guangxi Qihe Bronze Studio, Emanuel Leutze, Dr. QiongZhao (Ellen) Schicktanz, 2017 (installed)
* Full figure relief of George Washington
* small people, mostly seated, some standing, hats, weapons, flag, boat with oars, clouds, horses
* inscription: (partial)
This bronze sculpture replicates the famous painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. It depicts Gen. George Washington leading the Continental Army on a dangerous nighttime crossing of the Delaware River on December 25, 1776 to attack Hessian troops stationed at Trenton. His attack was a final, desperate effort to gain a victory after months of defeats had reduced the Army to a small, exhausted, and demoralized force. Washington's success at Trenton reinvigorated the American cause and kept the Revolution alive.
The painting captures the drama, danger, and desperation of the river crossing, even though a number of details are historically inaccurate, such as the type of boat. The artist, Emanuel Luenze, grew up and was trained in Philadelphia, but created the painting in 1850 after he returned to his native Germany. The painting was a sensation when it was displayed in America the following year.
The sculpture is a donation from Dr. QiongZhao (Ellen) Schicktanz, a naturalized Asian-American artist, in gratitude for her life as an American Citizen.
* North wall. Museum of the American Revolution. South side of Chestnut, East of 3rd.
* 39.948495,-75.145650 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* Other exhibits: War
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Emanuel Leutze page
+americangoddessartmuseum.com (Ellen Schicktanz)
+wikipedia.org's George Washington page
+amrevmuseum.org




New Pictures

21st Ward War Memorial
* closed arch, eagle
* inscription:
To the memory of the boys from the 21st Ward who lost their lives in the World War 1914-1918
Korean * World War II * Vietnam
Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.
How sleep the brave who sink to rest by all their country's wishes blest. By fairy hands their knell is rung by unseen forms their dirge is sung.
All time will be the millennium of their glory.
* Along the Northwest edge of Gorgas Park. Ridge and Gates.
* 40.036750,-75.221000 [map]
* Other exhibits: War




George Washington
Joseph Alexis Bailly, 1869
* Statue of George Washington
* standing person, book, cane
* behind the Independence Hall security perimeter, but visible across Chestnut. The first two pictures are from a print taken before the perimeter was established.
* In front of Independence Hall. South side of Chestnut between 5th and 6th.
* 39.949050,-75.150000 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1913 picture of this piece
+phillyhistory.org 1929 picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Joseph Alexis Bailly page
+wikipedia.org's George Washington page
+wikipedia.org's Independence Hall page




Bishop Matthew Simpson
1896
* Statue of Matthew Simpson
* standing person
* Belmont and Edgely.
* 39.994750,-75.217825 [map]
* On the West Park tour
* Other exhibits: Religious, Unidentified
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Matthew Simpson page




Henry Howard Houston
John Massey Rhind, 1900
* Statue of Henry Howard Houston
* standing person, dog
* Lincoln Drive and Harvey Street.
* 40.032060,-75.187160 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's John Massey Rhind page
+Penn Archives Henry Howard Houston page




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
* Other exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building
+wikipedia.org's page for the building
+wikipedia.org Irwin T. Catharine page
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Graham Bell page
+The Electric Franklin
+wikipedia.org's Robert Fulton page
+ushistory.org's Stephen Girard page
+wikipedia.org's Thomas Jefferson page
+wikipedia.org's Abraham Lincoln page
+wikipedia.org's John Marshall page
+wikipedia.org's William Penn page
+wikipedia.org's William Shakespeare page
+wikipedia.org's Thaddeus Stevens page
+wikipedia.org's Daniel Webster page




Free Interpretation of Plant Forms
Harry Bertoia, 1967
* big plant, fountain
* Formerly on Civic Center Boulevard (34th Street South of Spruce). Removed when the entire complex was torn down in 2000. Installed at the Woodmere in 2016 with a very different fountain treatment. The last picture is from the original location.
* Grounds of Woodmere Art Museum. Corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road.
* 40.082985,-75.220250 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* Other exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+Inquirer article about this piece
+wikipedia.org's Harry Bertoia page
+Woodmere Art Museum




Women Washing
Dexter Jones, 1968
* three people, one standing, two kneeling, plants, basket, water
* Wall. Lindbergh, Northeast of 58th.
* 39.928310,-75.218950 [map]
* On the Southwest Philly tour




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, Missing
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Joe Brown page




Children at Play
Peter Rockwell, 1978
* In memory of Ned Wolf
* small people standing, dog
* Lincoln Drive and Wissahickon.
* 40.030025,-75.187250 [map]




Jesus, The Bread of Life
Walter Erlebacher, 1978
* Statue of Jesus
* small standing person, food
* Originally installed nearer the corner on the large patch of grass. Moved some time between October 2016 and June 2017. The last picture is from the original location.
* inscription: 4th International Eucharistic Congress
* Against the West wall of the house on the South side of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. North side of Race West of 18th.
* 39.957110,-75.168575 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Other exhibits: Religious, Moved
* See also:
+Joey Blue's picture of this piece
+ushistory.org page for the building
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building




Synergy
Albert Paley, 1987
* big abstract implied arch
* Was an arch across the entrance to a parking lot, which was replaced with a new building in 2016. The piece was temporarily removed and then put back in its original location but a completely different context. The last two pictures are from 2017.
* Entrance (after the fact). West side of 18th, South of Spring Garden.
* 39.962500,-75.168100 [map]
* On the Franklin Town tour
* Other exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+albertpaley.com




Top of the Hill Plaza Fountain
Jonathan Alderson, 2002
* rocks, fountain
* Plaza. North corner, Germantown and Rex.
* 40.077500,-75.209000 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+jonathanalderson.com




Open Air Aquarium
Magdalena Abakanowicz, 2003
* abstract fish
* East side of Columbus Boulevard just below South.
* 39.939200,-75.141975 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* See also:
+www.abakanowicz.art.pl