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Tour: Art Museum Grounds

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The Art Museum Grounds tour covers the works on all sides of the Museum, including the Rocky steps, the Waterworks, the William M. Reilly Memorial, the back entrance, the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden, the Azalea Garden, and the lower West side of Kelly Drive. While short, this tour involves a fair amount of vertical travel, as the museum is at the top of a hill. The tour is a loop, and you can start anywhere, but officially we begin on the path on the West side of Kelly between Fairmount and 25th and go:

Meher
Khoren der Harootian, 1976
* Statue of Meher
* standing, sitting, and lying people, cross, human bones, helmets, weapons, buildings, mountains, plants, horses, vulture, water, sun
* inscription:
On this day, April 24, 1976, commemorating the 61st anniversary of the martyrdom of the Armenian nation and celebrating the bicentennial year of American independence, we Americans of Armenian heritage in eternal gratitude to God dedicate this monument to our adopted land of the United States.
Meher - A legendary figure of inspiring power symbolizing the invincible faith of the Armenian people, the first nation to embrace Christianity (301 AD).
Keeping Watch over the cultural heritage of Armenia.
Day of Infamy, April 24, 1915 the genocide and martyrdom of the Armenian Nation.
St. Vartan at the battle of Avarayr (451 AD). History's first defense of the Christian faith.
Mid the ashes of the martyrs, mother and child look to freedom for Armenia and all nations.
* South side of Kelly Drive, West of 25th.
* 39.966500,-75.179800 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:
+page about this piece from umn.edu




Art Museum North Faces
1928
* faces, crowns
* There are two faces on the North side of the Museum. The first is over a large empty niche where Art Museum Drive meets 25th and Kelly. The next is over the service entrance just up the hill.
* Walls. North side of the Art Museum. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.966200,-75.180150 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified




Charioteer of Delphi
1976 (given to the city)
* small standing person
* Copy of 5th Century BC original
* inscription:
From the cradle of democracy in the ancient world to the cradle of democracy in the new world. From the people of Greece to the people of America.
* East side of the Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.965400,-75.179275 [map]




Rocky
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. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.965125,-75.179300 [map]
* Exhibits: Athletic, Favorites, Moved
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+schombergstudios.com
+wikipedia.org's Rocky Balboa page




Amazon
August Kiss, 1837
* seated person, horse, cat, spear
* At the foot of the steps of the Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.964950,-75.179650 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's August Kiss page




Art Museum Steps Fountain
1928
* fountain, fish
* Along the front steps. Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.964950,-75.180100 [map]
* Exhibits: Favorites, Unidentified




Rocky Footprints
1993 (approximate)
* In honor of Rocky Balboa
* small symbolic footprints
* Top of the steps. Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.965115,-75.180320 [map]
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Rocky Balboa page




Courtship
Henry Mitchell, 1958
* Memorial to Henry M. Phillips
* horses, fountain
* Plaza. Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.965325,-75.180600 [map]
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org picture of this piece
+henrywmitchell.com




Art Museum North Pediment
Carl Paul Jennewein, 1932 (Museum website says 1933)
* group of people, some standing, some sitting or lying, winged person, headgear, staff, sun, sword, furniture, musical instrument, snake, lion
* North Pediment. Front of the Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.965625,-75.180275 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Carl Paul Jennewein page




Prometheus Strangling the Vulture
Jacques Lipchitz, 1943
* standing person, vulture
* Front steps. Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.965585,-75.180960 [map]
* See also:
+Picture of this piece at diacenter.org
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Jacque Lipchitz page




Art Museum Roof Ornaments
1928 (year of building)
* griffins (museum logo), gazelles, plants
* Best seen on top of the South pediment.
* Around the roof. Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.965000,-75.181015 [map]
* Exhibits: Favorites




General Anthony Wayne
John Gregory, 1937
* Statue of Anthony Wayne
* seated person, horse, sword, hat
* In front of the Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.964750,-75.180950 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+askart.com's John Gregory page
+ushistory.org's Anthony Wayne page




The Lion Fighter
Albert Wolff, 1928
* seated person, spear, horse, lion
* At the foot of the steps of the Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.964575,-75.180100 [map]




Spring Garden Street - West River Drive Bridges
1965 (year of current bridge)
* small bridges and other buildings, trees, water
* inscription:
- The Collossus -
Wooden covered bridge - span 540 feet
Longest arch bridge in the world
Opened to traffic - April 28, 1813
Destroyed by fire - September 1, 1838
Replaced by wire bridge in 1842
- Wire Bridge -
Wire cable suspension bridge - span 357 feet
First cable suspension bridge for vehicles in America
Opened to traffic - January 2, 1842
Replaced by Spring Garden Bridge in 1875
- Spring Garden Bridge -
Double deck truss bridge - span 355 feet
Spring Garden Street - upper deck
Callowhill Street - lower deck
Opened to traffic - July 10, 1875
Replaced by the present structures
* Bridge wall. Center City end, Art Museum side of the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.964550,-75.182500 [map]




Art Museum Student Entrance Face
1928
* face, crown
* Above the student entrance. Art Museum. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive at the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965150,-75.182050 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified




Rustic Pavilion
2007
* In honor of Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr.
* pavilion with birdhouse motif
* inscription:
Dedicated in honor of
Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr.
by
Edith R. Dixon
for his committed service to
Fairmount Park
1977-2002
* Anne d'Harnocourt Drive near the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965550,-75.182975 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr. page




Station no. 6 - Celebration of Water
Ellen Fletcher, 1989
* small seated person wearing a hat, tackle box, fish
* The fisherman was lost in 1999 in the flooding caused by hurricane Floyd and recovered or replaced in late 2005 or early 2006.
* Schuylkill Banks between the Waterworks and the Spring Garden Bridge at the foot of the spiral staircase.
* 39.964950,-75.183300 [map]




Philadelphia and the Schuylkill
* quotes from Charles Dickens, John P. Shelden, Frances Trollope and Mark Twain
* signs, sheep, locomotive, machines and tools, basket and barrel, buildings, maps, plants, food, benches with quotes
* an outdoor history exhibit with artistic elements
* inscription:
benches:
"The Water Works...are no less Ornamental than Useful, being Tastefully Laid Out as a Public Garden..."
-Charles Dickens
"I Passed Along the Pavement by the Pump-House... I went in. I saw Immense Water-Wheels.."
-Mark Twain (1853) Missouri
"The Celebrated Works on the Schuylkill, by which the Water of the River is Raised ...are Beyond Praise"
-John P. Shelden (1825) Michigan
"But interesting[?] and Curious as this Machinery is, it is, In Truth, One of the Prettiest Spots the Eye can look upon."
-Frances Trollope (1830) England
* Schuylkill Banks between the Waterworks and the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965325,-75.183450 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Charles Dickens page
+wikipedia.org's Frances Trollope page
+wikipedia.org's Mark Twain page




Water Works Fountain
2006
* fountain, rocks
* In the garden of the Water Works. Schuylkill Banks near the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965410,-75.183250 [map]




Peace Fountain
1865 (based on the inscription)
* house-like structure, water fountain
* inscription:
Peace
June 1865
* In the garden of the Water Works. Schuylkill Banks near the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965380,-75.183075 [map]
* Exhibits: Peace and Love
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1954 picture of this piece




Graff Memorial
1848 (restored 2006)
* In memory of Frederick Graff
* small gazebo, bust
* The bust in the second picture was added after the first picture was taken.
* inscription: To the memory of Frederick Graff, who designed and executed the Fairmount Water Works. Erected by the City Councils of Philadelphia, June 1, 1848
* In the garden of the Water Works. Along the Schuylkill Banks, near the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965625,-75.183250 [map]
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1933 picture of this piece
+Frederick Graff bio from famousamericans.net




Ernesta Drinker Ballard Memorial
2006
* In honor of Ernesta Drinker Ballard
* small urn/planter
* inscription:
In honor of
Ernesta Drinker Ballard
1920-2005
Ernesta was the moving force behind the restoration of the Fairmount Water Works and these gardens. Fairmount Park Commissioner from 1981 to 2002 and a founding member of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, she was a civic leader, a feminist, a beloved friend.
"The world is a better place if everyone is included" - EDB 2001
Erected September 10, 2006
* In the gardens of the Water Works. Schuylkill Banks near the Spring Garden Bridge..
* 39.965740,-75.183035 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Ernesta Drinker Ballard page




The Schuylkill Chained, The Schuylkill Freed
William Rush, 1825 (1980 fiberglass casts)
* reclining people, eagle, waterworks machinery
* Roofs. Two of the smaller buildings of the Water Works. Along the river, near the Spring Garden bridge, off Kelly Drive around 26th.
* 39.966350,-75.183600 [map]
* See also:
+Page for the Thomas Eakins painting William Rush Carving his Allegorical Statue of the Schuylkill
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+phillyhistory.org 1930 picture of the original piece
+phillyhistory.org another 1930 picture of the original piece
+wikipedia.org's William Rush page




Eagle
1835 (alleged construction date of the gazebo)
* eagle
* Gazebo roof. On the grounds of the Water Works. Overlooking the Schuylkill. Off Kelly Drive around 26th..
* 39.966970,-75.184625 [map]




Lines in Four Directions in Flowers
Sol LeWitt, 2012 (realized)
* big beds of actual flowers
* This piece is both seasonal and high maintenance. It nay not be visible when you visit
* On the hill, South side of Kelly Drive, West of 26th.
* 39.967325,-75.183300 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Sol LeWitt page




Marquis de Lafayette
Raoul Josset, 1947
* Statue of the Marquis de Lafayette
* standing person, sword
* inscription:
1757-1834
Native of France
Devoted and faithful to the cause of American Independence
General of the Continental Army
An indispensable ally of freedom
* Part of the William M. Reilly Memorial. On the hill, South side of Kelly Drive, West of 26th.
* 39.967025,-75.183200 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1959 picture of this piece
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+Another Max Buten picture of this piece
+texasescapes.com's Raoul Josset page
+wikipedia.org's Marquis de Lafayette page




General Nathanael Greene
Lewis Iselin, Jr., 1960
* Statue of Nathanael Greene
* standing person
* inscription:
front:
1742-1786
We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.
left:
A Rhode Islander
Businessman turned soldier
Served with great distinction as Quartermaster General and Army Commander
A trusted friend of General Washington
right:
His qualifications for statesmanship were not less remarkable than his military ability.
-Alexander Hamilton.
Second to no one in enterprise, in resource, in sound judgement, promptitude of decision, and every other military talent.
-Thomas Jefferson
* Part of the William M. Reilly Memorial. On the hill, South side of Kelly Drive, West of 26th.
* 39.966835,-75.182925 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+Smithsonian interview with Lewis Iselin
+wikipedia.org's Nathanael Greene page




General Richard Montgomery
J. Wallace Kelly, 1946
* Statue of Richard Montgomery
* standing person, sword
* inscription:
1738-1775
Native of County Dublin, Ireland
General of the Continental Army
Firm believer in the cause of freedom
He lost his life in the American assault on Quebec in mid-Winter of 1775
* Part of the William M. Reilly Memorial. On the hill, South side of Kelly Drive, West of 26th.
* 39.966650,-75.182675 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+michenermuseum.org's J. Wallace Kelly Page
+wikipedia.org's Richard Montgomery page
+findagrave.com's Richard Montgomery page




Stephen Girard
John Massey Rhind, 1897
* Statue of Stephen Girard
* standing person, groups of people, hats, buildings, ship, anchor, plants, barrels, rope, parasol
* inscription:
front:
1750-1831
Mariner and Merchant
back:
Philadelphia's greatest philanthropist
Erected by the alumni of Girard College and the people of this city and commonwealth, 1897
* Behind the Art Museum. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.966350,-75.182350 [map]
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+phillyhistory.org 1912 picture of this piece outside City Hall
+wikipedia.org's John Massey Rhind page
+ushistory.org's Stephen Girard page




John Marshall
William Wetmore Story, 1883
* Statue of John Marshall
* seated person, chair
* inscription: Chief Justice of the United States 1801-1835. As soldier he fought that the nation might come into being. As expounder of the Constitution he gave it length of days.
* On a traffic island behind the Art Museum. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.966200,-75.181800 [map]
* See also:
+Article about the Washington D.C. copy of this piece
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's William Wetmore Story page
+wikipedia.org's John Marshall page




Atmosphere and Environment XII
Louise Nevelson, 1974
* abstract forms
* Near the back door of the Art Museum. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.966050,-75.181750 [map]
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+Another Max Buten picture of this piece
+Smithsonian interview with Louise Nevelson
+wikipedia.org's Louise Nevelson page




Art Museum Cherub
1928
* small upright winged person
* Over the back door. Art Museum. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.966075,-75.181700 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified




Social Consciousness
Jacob Epstein, 1954
* Quote from Walt Whitman
* big people, some standing, some not
* inscription:
A grand sane towering seated mother
Chair'd in the adamant of Time.

-Walt Whitman
* Near the back door of the Art Museum. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.966210,-75.181475 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Jacob Epstein page
+wikipedia.org's Walt Whitman page




Major General Peter Muhlenberg
J. Otto Schweizer, 1910
* Statue of John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg
* standing person, group of people, church interior, pulpit and pews, book, hat
* inscription:
front:
"There is a time for all things - a time to preach and a time to fight, and now is the to fight"
Farewell sermon in the church at Woodstock, VA, 1776
right:
1776, Charleston, Sullivans Island, Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Stony Point, Petersburg, Yorktown, 1781
left:
Member of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, 1784
Vice President of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1785
Member of the first, third, and sixth Congress of the U.S.
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1801
President of the German Society of Pennsylvania, 1788 and 1802-1807
* Behind the Art Museum. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.966600,-75.181950 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+phillyhistory.org 1913 picture of this piece outside City Hall
+wikipedia.org's John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg page




Giant Three-Way Plug, Scale A
Claes Oldenburg, 1970 (installed 2010)
* big electric plug
* In the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.966950,-75.181950 [map]
* See also:
+oldenburgvanbruggen.com




Curve I
Ellsworth Kelly, 1973
* geometric steel plate
* On the street side of the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.966825,-75.181625 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Ellsworth Kelly page




Bench and Table (Enlarged Version/Concentric)
Scott Burton, 2001 (fabricated)
* furniture
* In the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Art Museum Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.967100,-75.181450 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Scott Burton page




Steel Woman II
Thomas Schutte, 1999
* horizontal person, furniture
* In the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.967150,-75.181425 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Thomas Schutte page




Two-Part Chair
Scott Burton, 1986 (fabricated 2002)
* small chair
* In the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.967190,-75.181410 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Scott Burton page




Rock Chair
Scott Burton, 1981
* small chair
* In the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.967175,-75.181450 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Scott Burton page




Sculpture Garden Wall Fountain
2010 (approximate)
* fountain
* Wall. Northwest corner of the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.967375,-75.182650 [map]




Pyramid (Philadelphia)
Sol LeWitt, 2010 (realized)
* abstract pyramid
* West end of the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.967150,-75.182350 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Sol LeWitt page




Steps (Philadelphia)
Sol LeWitt, 2010 (realized)
* abstract steps
* West end of the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.967100,-75.182300 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Sol LeWitt page




Flukes
Gordon Gund, 2007
* abstract whale flukes
* In the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.967150,-75.182500 [map]
* See also:
+gordongund.com




General Casimir Pulaski
Sidney Waugh, 1947
* Statue of Casimir Pulaski
* standing person, sword, plant
* inscription:
1748-1779
Native of Poland
General of the Continental Army
Despairing of liberty in his native land he volunteered his services to the American Patriots.
Gave his life at the siege of Savannah.
* Part of the William M. Reilly Memorial. On the hill, South side of Kelly Drive, West of 26th.
* 39.966850,-75.182400 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+phillyhistory.org 1959 picture of this piece
+askart.com's Sidney Waugh page
+wikipedia.org's Casimir Pulaski page




John Paul Jones
Walker Hancock, 1957
* Statue of John Paul Jones
* standing person, hat, telescope, sword
* inscription:
1747-1792.
Sailor and diplomat, commander of squadrons.
Against desperate odds, his own ship afire and sinking, he defeated the British man-of-war Serapis and established our power upon the seas.
He gave our Navy its first traditions of heroism and victory.
* Part of the William M. Reilly Memorial. On the hill, South side of Kelly Drive, West of 26th.
* 39.967050,-75.182625 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1959 picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Walker Hancock page
+wikipedia.org's John Paul Jones page
+John Paul Jones @ SeacoastNH.com




General Friedrich Von Steuben
Warren Wheelock, 1947
* Statue of Friedrich Von Steuben
* standing person, hat, sword
* inscription:
1730-1794
Native of Prussia
Professional Soldier
He served the cause of American Independence as Major General and Inspector General. He perfected the training and organization of the Continental Army
* Part of the William M. Reilly Memorial. On the hill, South side of Kelly Drive, West of 26th.
* 39.967250,-75.182900 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+askart.com's Warren Wheelock page
+wikipedia.org's Friedrich Von Steuben page




Fountain of the Sea Horses
1740 (1926 replica)
* fountain, horses
* River side of Kelly Drive, at the bottom of the ramp at the back of the museum.
* 39.967555,-75.183650 [map]




Bath
1500 - 1600 (approximate)
* small standing people, plants, musical instruments, goblet
* West end of the Azalea Garden. Kelly Drive, West of 26th.
* 39.968950,-75.184300 [map]




Puma
William Zorach, 1954
* puma
* South end of the Azalea Garden. 26th and Kelly Drive.
* 39.967750,-75.182950 [map]
* Exhibits: Favorites
* See also:
+wikipedia.org William Zorach page


Possible trip extension:Kelly Drive (across Kelly Drive at Fairmount)
Possible trip extension:Parkway and Pennsylvania (in reverse: across Kelly and Pennsylvania at 26th)

See Also

+Philadelphia Museum of Art
+Fairmount Water Works