Philadelphia Public Art

Tour: JFK North

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This tour covers the mix of row homes, apartment buildings, churches and corporate skyscrapers bounded by JFK on the South, the Schuylkill on the West, I-676 on the North and the Parkway on the Northeast. We start on the Schuylkill Banks at Cherry and go

Walker Hancock, 1979 (installed 2015)
* small horizontal flying person, globe, clouds
* Originally at the Civic Center. In storage from 1999-2014.
* River side of Schuylkill Banks at Cherry.
* 39.957300,-75.178650 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:'s Walker Hancock page

Bruce S. Marks Scout Resource Center
* logos, insignia, and mottoes, lion's head, shields, stars, birds, bison, tools, tent, anchor, torch, flowers
* inscription:
Youth Prepared Safeguards the Nation
Founded MCMX
This house dedicated to the training
of boys for youthful citizenship. Was
built by the Boy Scouts and their friends.
On my honor I will do my best
to do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the scout law.
* Whole building.. Southeast corner, 22nd and Winter. One block South of the Parkway.
* 39.958850,-75.175300 [map]

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

Benjamin Franklin and His Kite
Agnes Yarnell, 1966 (installed 1994)
* Statue of Benjamin Franklin
* small standing person, kite
* inscription: June 12th, 1752 was the day on which Benjamin Franklin extracted lightning from the sky with his kite and key.
* Coxe Park. South Side of Cherry, just East of 22nd.
* 39.956800,-75.175550 [map]
* See also:
+The Electric Franklin

Wall Reliefs
G. Frye, 1982
* abstract reliefs
* One relief is signed G. Frye '82, but I can't find a listing for a G. Frye or this piece.
* Walls. West side of 22nd and East side of Croskey, North of Arch.
* 39.956300,-75.176300 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

* Quote from Jerome K. Jerome
* abstract sitting person, disembodied arm and hand, words
* inscription:
Let us gather together in the great cities and light bonfires of a million gas jets, and shout and sing together and feel brave! -Jerome K. Jerome
Art is the center of the real world.
* Wall. North of and across the street from Science Leadership Academy. West side of 22nd under JFK.
* 39.955000,-75.176480 [map]
* See also:
+article about this piece at's Jerome K. Jerome page

Science Leadership Academy Sign and Mosaics
2006 (school founded)
* small abstract sign, idea, mosaic kneeling people
* North wall. Science Leadership Academy. Southeast corner, 22nd and Market.
* 39.955930,-75.176175 [map]

Saint Francis of Assisi
* statue of Saint Francis of Assisi
* small standing person, birds
* visible through the fence
* South side of St. Clement's Church. North side of Apple Tree, West of 20th.
* 39.956250,-75.173125 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s St. Francis of Assisi page

St. Clement's Anchor
* small anchor
* There are some very small eroded figures under the anchor that look like they might have been symbols of the Gospel writers.
* Front wall. Parish House. St. Clement's Church. South side of Cherry, West of 20th.
* 39.956550,-75.173230 [map]

2010 (installed)
* small shells
* Either side of the East entrance. Academy of Natural Sciences. West side of 19th between Cherry and the Parkway.
* 39.956600,-75.170950 [map]

One Logan Square Fountain
* fountain
* Courtyard. Northwest corner of 18th and Cherry.
* 39.956700,-75.170150 [map]

Bell Atlantic Building Fountain
* fountain, architectural elements
* Plaza. Behind the Bell Atlantic Building. Southeast corner of 18th and Cherry. One block South of the Parkway.
* 39.956000,-75.16900 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

The Rob Morris Entrance
* small heads, plants
* Entrance. North side of Arch Street, just West of 17th.
* 39.955125,-75.168200 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:'s page for the building

Landscape Junk Assemblage
Tom Deininger, 2011
* plants, clouds, butterflies
* Clearly visible through the window on Arch. If you're lucky the guard will let you inside. I do not have an actual title for this piece. "Landscape Junk Assemblages" is the artist's name for this category of work.
* Lobby. South side of Arch, East of 17th.
* 39.954850,-75.167800 [map]
* See also:

Humanity in Motion
Jonathan Borofsky, 2007
* standing people
* The pictures were taken from outside the building
* Interior. Comcast Center. Northwest corner, 17th and JFK.
* 39.954550,-75.168550 [map]
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece

Comcast Center Fountain
Laurie Olin, 2008
* fountain
* Plaza. Comcast Center. Northwest corner, 17th and JFK.
* 39.954325,-75.168600 [map]
* See also:

Comcast Center Trellis
Laurie Olin, 2008
* abstract light refraction
* Trellis. In front of Comcast Center. Northwest corner, 17th and JFK.
* 39.954275,-75.168600 [map]
* See also:

Barbara Grygutis, 2006
* big abstract plant forms
* lights up at night
* Underground courtyard. Southeast corner, 16th and JFK.
* 39.953500,-75.166450 [map]
* See also:
+Barbara Grygutis page from

Suburban Station Clock
* clock, sign
* Best observed from the East side of 16th
* 16th Street entrance. Suburban Station. West side of 16th, North of JFK.
* 39.954150,-75.166750 [map]
* See also:
+artistic views of the clock at

Possible trip extension:Parkway and Pennsylvania (East on JFK to 15th)

See Also

+Academy of Natural Sciences's page for the building's page for the building Comcast Center entry's Suburban Station page