Philadelphia Public Art

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This tour runs East on Market from 40th to the middle of the Market Street Bridge, with detours. You could do it the other way around, but East is down hill all the way. There's a blue-line stop right at the corner of 40th and Market, which makes it easy to reach from Center City. From the Southwest corner of 40th and Market we go

Balancing Act
Elsa Tarantal, 1984
* small standing child
* Also listed elsewhere as "Balance". There is weathering and censorship with stickers in the 2015 pictures not evident in the original (last) picture.
* Plaza. Southeast corner, 40th and Market.
* 39.956750,-75.201650 [map]

Grow Old Along With Me. The Best is Yet to Be
Charles Parks, 1996 (original installed in Newark)
* group of people standing, fountain
* The much smaller original was commissioned for the Newark Senior Center.
* Plaza. North side of Market, between 39th and 40th.
* 39.957325,-75.200700 [map]
* Exhibits: African American
* See also:
+article describing the original on
+picture of the original on
+'s Charles Parks page

Charles Searles, 1995
* abstract form
* African Methodist Episcopal Church, First District Plaza. West of the Northwest corner, 38th and Market.
* 39.956890,-75.198600 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s Charles Searles page

Orders of Nature
Soo Sunny Park, 2014
* big abstract form
* visible through the highly reflective glass
* Interior. Northeast corner, 38th and Market.
* 39.956790,-75.197675 [map]
* See also:

Wind Helix
Roy Wilson, 1994
* abstract forms
* The fence used to surround an open space behind the building. The fence was removed around 2007 and the open space was replaced with an extension of the building. In 2009 the fence was put back in approximately its original position, but surrounding the building extension instead of open space. The first picture is from the original context.
* Back of the fence. Northeast corner, 38th and Ludlow.
* 39.955950,-75.198100 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved

Episcopal Cathedral Entrance
* Relief featuring Jesus
* small kneeling, sitting, horizontal, standing people, headgear
* Entrance. Episcopal Cathedral. East side of 38th, North of Chestnut.
* 39.955717,-75.198085 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified
* See also:'s entry for the building

Interfaith Symbol
* symbol
* Just South of the Episcopal Cathedral. East side of 38th, North of Chestnut.
* 39.955550,-75.198100 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified

Saint James
1887 (year of building)
* Statue of Saint James
* standing person, staff
* Carved for the building in Italy. Behind mesh that isn't visible from the street but partially obscures the picture.
* Niche above the entrance arch. St. Agatha - St. James Church. Southeast corner, 38th and Chestnut.
* 39.955000,-75.198250 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s Saint James page

Gravestone of Monsignor Francis J. Ross
* Memorial to Monsignor Francis J. Ross
* small cross, communion chalice, plants
* inscription:
Tu es sacerdos in aeternum
Right Reverand Monsignor Francis J. Ross, D.D.
Born June 28, 1885
Ordained Nov. 1, 1911
Died Aug. 6, 1955
Requiscat in pace
* Gravestone. East side of St. Agatha - St. James Church. South side of Chestnut, East of 38th.
* 39.954915,-75.197800 [map]

Tabernacle United Church Signs
Lynn Denton, 1999
* signs, religious symbols and imagery, boat, Earth, food, sitting and standing people, birds, plants, musical instruments, sheep, hands, water
* tiles painted by the congregation
* Tabernacle United Church. Southwest corner, 37th and Chestnut.
* 39.954800,-75.196650 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Peace and Love
* See also:
+City Paper article about Lynn Denton

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]
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:'s page for the building
+Gargoyle Hunter's page for the building

James Frost, 1969 (building date)
* doves
* South wall. University Lutheran. Northeast corner, 37th and Chestnut.
* 39.955025,-75.196310 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Peace and Love

* cross, arch
* Roof. University Lutheran. North of 37th and Chestnut.
* 39.955350,-75.196240 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious

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]
* See also:
+entry for this piece on
+entry for this piece on's Alan Key page's Eleanor Roosevelt page's Andy Warhol page

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

James Lloyd, 1974
* abstract snake
* Originally in the middle of the sidewalk. Moved closer to the building late 2005 or early 2006. The last picture is from the original location.
* South side of Market, West of 36th.
* 39.956210,-75.195550 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved

Refractive Light Spine
James Carpenter, 1988 - 1989
* big collection of triangles
* Over the entrance. Southwest corner, 36th and Market.
* 39.956050,-75.194800 [map]
* See also:
+James Carpenter Design Associates, Inc.

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

Glyph of Nature
Jeffrey Maron, 1986
* abstract symbols
* On the wall. Southeast corner 36th and Market.
* 39.956010,-75.194000 [map]
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece

Face Fragment
Arlene Love, 1976
* big face fragment
* In front of the Monell Chemical Sciences Center. South side of Market between 34th and 36th (35th Street doesn't intersect Market).
* 39.955900,-75.193150 [map]
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece

Untitled (Lucas)
Lark Lucas, 1982
* people standing, sitting, hats, umbrellas, food, musical instruments, machines and tools, balloons, airplanes, signs, buildings, plants, birds, elephant, giraffe, camel
* visible through the fence
* Walls. North side of Filbert, West of 34th.
* 39.956900,-75.192250 [map]
* See also:
+Lark Lucas page at

Wave Forms
Dennis Oppenheim, 2007
* big bells, arch
* Housing complex entrance. Northwest corner, 34th and Chestnut.
* 39.954600,-75.192200 [map]
* See also:

The Study at University City
Shelly Bradbury, 2016
* big glasses, logo sign
* West side of 33rd, North of Chestnut.
* 39.954510,-75.189820 [map]
* Exhibits: New
* See also:

Two Triangles Leaning
George Rickey, 1982
* triangles
* Moves in the wind.
* On the Library roof. Drexel University. Southwest corner, 33rd and Market.
* 39.955450,-75.189725 [map]

Michael Speller, 2012
* small abstract armless person
* On the campus of Drexel University. Northwest corner, 33rd and Market.
* 39.955950,-75.189600 [map]
* Exhibits: Athletic
* See also:

Running Free
Henry Mitchell, 1971
* horses
* Between 2009 and 2011, as part of the relandscaping that accompanied the construction of the building that is now to the South of this piece, the base was altered and moved and the piece was rotated on the base. The first three pictures were taken prior to the change.
* On the campus of Drexel University. Northwest of 33rd and Market.
* 39.956450,-75.190025 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:

Drexel Book
Harold Kimmelman, 1985 - 1986 (plaque says 85, article says 86)
* In memory of Doris Zimmerman
* small book
* Also listed as Book and Volume 1. Drexel Book is the title on the author's web site.
* inscription:
From the plaque at the garden entrance:
Garden Sculpture in memory of Doris A. Zimmerman, 1929-1981
* Walled garden. Drexel University. Northwest of 33rd and Market. Enter on the South side near 33rd. Also visible through the fence on the West side.
* 39.956805,-75.189875 [map]
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+Drexel article with picture

Double Figure Eight
Paul Sisko, 1993
* abstract form
* Originally in a park on the South side of Market just East of 32nd. Moved sometime between 2000 and 2004 when the park was replaced with a building. The first picture is from the original location.
* On the campus of Drexel University. East side of 33rd, North of Market.
* 39.956250,-75.189200 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:

Mario the Magnificent
Eric Berg, 2002
* In honor of Mario V. Mascioli
* dragon logo
* Based on the Drexel University logo.
* inscription: In honor of Mario V. Mascioli, '45, an exemplary alumnus
* On the campus of Drexel University. Southeast corner, 33rd and Market.
* 39.955400,-75.189325 [map]
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece
+Eric Berg Studios
+obituary of Mario V. Mascioli from

Anthony J. Drexel
Moses Jacob Ezekiel, 1904
* Statue of Anthony J. Drexel
* seated person, chair, pail, books and papers
* Originally just East of 33rd. Moved Summer, 2001 to 32nd Street. In 2011 the building it was next to was torn down and the statue was moved closer to Market, rotated, and enclosed in a large box. The box was removed some time in 2013. The last two pictures are from the first and second locations.
* On the campus of Drexel University. South side of Market, East of 32nd.
* 39.955100,-75.187525 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also: 1959 picture of this piece's Moses Jacob Ezekiel page's Anthony J. Drexel page

Drexel University Main Building Entrance
1890 - 1891
* Busts of Aesculapius, Johann Sebastian Bach, Christopher Columbus, Michael Faraday, Galileo, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander von Humboldt, Thomas Jefferson, Michelangelo, Moses, Isaac Newton, Raphael, William Shakespeare and William of Sens
* small heads, standing angel
* These busts in niches go all the way around the inside of the arch, including two that are looking straight down. Moses and Aesculapius are on either side of the angel on the front.
* Entrance. Main Building, Drexel University. North side of Chestnut, just East of the 32nd Street walkway.
* 39.953850,-75.187000 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified
* See also:
+philadelphia's page for the building's Aesculapius page's Johann Sebastian Bach page's Christopher Columbus page's Michael Faraday page
+The Galileo Project @ Rice University's Goethe page's Alexander von Humboldt page's Thomas Jefferson page's Michelangelo page's Isaac Newton page's Raphael page's William Shakespeare page
+biography of William of Sens

Drexel Clock
* clock
* Courtyard. Drexel University. South side of Market between 31st and 32nd.
* 39.954700,-75.186100 [map]

30th Street Station Sign
Calori and Vanden-Eynden Design, 2015
* big name, sign
* There is another, less dramatic version on the 29th Street side.
* Southwest corner, 30th Street Station. Northeast corner, 30th and Market.
* 39.955070,-75.18297 [map]
* See also:

The Porch Swings
Bill Curran Design, Gehl Studio, 2015
* big swings
* The Porch. South side, 30th Street Station. North side of Market between 29th and 30th.
* 39.954850,-75.182050 [map]
* See also:

The Porch Fence
Groundswell Design Group, 2015
* trees
* Fence. The Porch. South side, 30th Street Station. Along the North side of Market, East of 30th.
* 39.954777,-75.182130 [map]
* See also:

Spirit of Transportation
Karl Bitter, 1895
* big group of people, mostly standing, some sitting, horses, sheep, oxen, wagon and carriage, basket of fruit, model train, model boat, model airship
* inscription:
This panel, the conception and work of Karl Bitter, sculptor, was executed in 1895 and placed in the waiting room of Broad Street Station Philadelphia from which place it was removed to this site in January, 1933. The spirit of transportation is represented in triumphant procession of progress led by a little child carrying a model of an airship, a prophetic vision of a mode of transportation to come.
* Interior. North waiting area 30th Street Station. Northeast corner, 30th and Market Sts..
* 39.955985,-75.182160 [map]
* See also:
+Linda Mann Art Gallery pictures of this piece's Karl Bitter page

Pennsylvania Railroad Memorial Plaques
* Memorials to William Wallace Atterbury, George Gibbs and John Edgar Thomson
* small heads, trains
* inscription:
William Wallace Atterbury
Tenth President of The Pennsylvania Railroad
Director General of Transportation of American Expeditionary Forces - World War I.
Friend of Labor - Pioneer in collective bargaining
Servant of the American people in war and peace
With courage and foresight he introduced electrification in to the railroad's system
1861 - 1940
George Gibbs
Consulting Engineer
Whose vision and tenacity of purpose led to the development of the
Pennsylvania Railroad's articulated electric locomotive class GG1
placed in operation 1934
and contributed so much to the advancement of the art of electric railroad transportation
1808 - 1874
J. Edgar Thomson
Father of the Pennsylvania Railroad
First Chief Engineer - Third President
He planned the railroad's present system
He left his fortune in trust for the education and maintenance of female orphans of railway employees whose fathers may have been killed in the discharge of their duties
* Interior. North waiting area 30th Street Station. Northeast corner, 30th and Market.
* 39.955975,-75.181950 [map]
* See also:'s William Wallace Atterbury page's John Edgar Thomson page

Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial
Walker Hancock, 1952
* big vertical people (one winged)
* inscription:
In memory of the men and women of the Pennsylvania Railroad who laid down their lives for our country 1941-1945.
That all travelers here may remember those of the Pennsylvania Railroad who did not return from the Second World War.
* Main lobby. 30th Street Station. North side of Market between 29th and 30th.
* 39.955635,-75.181575 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:
+Prominently displayed in the movie Witness's Walker Hancock page

* clock
* East side of 30th Street Station. West side of 29th at JFK.
* 39.955600,-75.180950 [map]

JFK Boulevard Bridge Sidewalk
* big abstract sidewalk design
* Sidewalk. JFK Boulevard Bridge. JFK Boulevard, East of 29th.
* 39.955450,-75.180700 [map]

* abstract eagle
* Over the entrance. 30th Street Post Office. Southwest corner, 29th and Market.
* 39.954310,-75.181950 [map]

Adolph Alexander Weinman, 1903
* eagles
* Four identical eagles, originally from Pennsylvania Station in New York City.
* Bridge columns. Four corners of the Market Street Bridge. East of 29th and West of 24th on Market.
* 39.954400,-75.181090 [map]
* See also: Adolph Alexander Weinman page

Market Street Bridge Carvings
* small lion heads, human heads, stylized bridges
* The lion heads are on the corners of the bridge. The faces are best observed from South and North of the bridge on Schuylkill Avenue/29th or from Schuylkill Banks below the bridge.
* Bridge columns and arches. Market Street Bridge. Market Street, East of 29th to West of 24th.
* 39.954500,-75.180450 [map]

Schuylkill Permanent Bridge
* small bridge
* inscription:
Schuylkill Permanent Bridge
Opened to traffic January 1, 1805
Altered and remodeled 1850
Destroyed by fire, November 20, 1875
Replaced the same year by
a temporary wooden bridge
Iron cantilever bridge built and completed
April 20, 1888. Replaced by this structure
* Bridge column. Middle of the South side of the Market Street Bridge. Market, East of 29th.
* 39.954350,-75.180430 [map]

Possible trip extension:Art Museum Grounds (across the South side of the Market Street Bridge to the ramp, down to the Schuylkill banks, and North along the path under the Spring Garden Bridge)
Possible trip extension:Germantown Avenue (SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West train from 30th Street Station)
Possible trip extension:Rittenhouse Square (down from the East side of the Market Street Bridge to the Schuylkill Banks, then South past Chestnut)

See Also

+University City District
+University City Science Center's 30th Street Station page
+Drexel University
+St. Agatha - St. James Church
+Tabernacle United Church
+University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation