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Year: 1987

Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Christopher T. Ray, 1972 - 1990
* plants, bird, sun
* 5 metal sculptured gates. Apartment complex bounded by Front, Second, Spruce, and Delancey.
* 39.944400,-75.144850 [map]
* On the Society Hill tour
* See also:
+chrisray.com




Vine Street Neighborhood Relief
Michael Borsuk, William Wilson, 1986 - 1991
* big buildings and bridge
* Bridge (676 overpass). Spanning 3rd, 4th, and 5th North of Wood.
* 39.957050,-75.145800 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* See also:
+spanamwar.com's Michael Borsuk memorial page




Benjamin Franklin
George Lundeen, 1987
* Statue of Benjamin Franklin
* small seated person, bench, eyeglasses, cane, newspaper, pigeon
* East side of 37th Street, just South of Locust Walk.
* 39.952150,-75.196975 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* See also:
+george @ lundeensculpture.com
+The Electric Franklin




Construction for Outdoors #7
Stephen Porter, 1987
* abstract form
* Up the stairs at the East end of Claire M. Fagin Hall. 418 Curie Blvd..
* 39.949200,-75.195480 [map]
* On the University City South Medical Complex tour
* See also:
+stephenporterstudio.com




Deinonychus
Kent Ullberg, 1987
* dinosaurs
* inscription:
(the "terrible claw" dinosaur)
Dedicated April 29, 1987 to commemorate the 175th year of the Academy of Natural Sciences and to honor the the Academy Women's Committee for their loyalty and dedication to the institution.
* In front of the Academy of Natural Sciences. 19th, Race, and the Parkway.
* 39.957200,-75.171125 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+kentullberg.net
+Academy of Natural Sciences




Dr. J
Barney Bright, 1987
* Statue of Julius Erving
* standing person, basketball
* Was in front of the Spectrum at Broad and Pattison. The Spectrum was demolished early 2011. Reinstalled in the current location. The last picture is from the Spectrum.
* inscription:
Julius Winfield Erving II * Nine years captain of the 76ers * Captain of the 1983 World Champions * NBA Most Valuable Player 1981 * 11 Time NBA All Star * All Star MVP 1977, 1983 * Member of the ABA Champions 1974, 1976 * ABA Most Valuable Player 1974, 1976 * Five time ABA All Star * Athlete, Sportsman, Gentleman
* On the path from the parking lot behind Xfinity Live. Southwest of the Southwest corner of 11th and Pattison.
* 39.903900,-75.169800 [map]
* On the South Broad tour
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved, African American
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Julius Erving page
+xfinitylive.com




Kate Smith
Marc Mellon, 1987
* Statue of Kate Smith
* standing person
* Was behind the Spectrum at Broad and Pattison, which was demolished in early 2011. Reinstalled in the current location in 2012 with a shorter plaque. The current plaque omits the second, third, and fourth paragraphs from the original inscription, which is listed here in full with the removed section in square brackets. The last picture is from the original location.
* inscription:
1907-1986
Blessed with a voice and presence which led her to stardom on Broadway, radio, and television, Miss Smith came to symbolize joyous, homespun, American patriotism.
[Her stirring rendition of "God Bless America" introduced on Armistice Day 1938 lifted the spirits of the nation after the Great Depression and inspired us to persevere through the agony of World War II.
When president Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced Kate to the King and Queen of England he said "This is Kate Smith... This is America!"
During World War II, Miss Smith raised more than $600 million in War Bond sales and in 1982, President Ronald Reagan presented her with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.]
Kate Smith had a special relationship with the Flyers and the City of Philadephia. Her live performances of "God Bless America" helped inspire the Flyers to become Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in 1974.
This statue, honoring one of America's greatest patriots, is a gift from the Philadelphia Flyers to the people of our great country.
Dedicated: October 5, 1987
* On the path from the parking lot behind Xfinity Live. Southwest of the Southwest corner of 11th and Pattison.
* 39.903600,-75.170000 [map]
* On the South Broad tour
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+Philadelphia Flyers
+shingcollection.com's Marc Mellon page
+katesmith.org
+xfinitylive.com




Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Perry M. Morgan, 1987
* ideas, ideals and logos map, people standing, crouching, helmets, weapons, airplanes and helicopters, plants, buildings
* inscription:
The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial is designed to honor those who served in all branches of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. The memorial pays tribute to the 80,000 Philadelphia Vietnam Era Veterans who served our country in our nation's longest war.
By honoring these veterans the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial separates the warrior from the war, focuses on the valor and sacrifice of those patriots, and gives each of them a place in history.
It is our duty to remember the gallant Americans whose names grace this wall. They sacrificed their lives in the service of our country during the Vietnam War 1964-1975.
For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.
* Plaza. Southeast Corner, Front and Spruce.
* 39.943910,-75.142825 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* Exhibits: War, African American




Six Triangles
Ephraim Peleg, 1987
* triangles
* Plaza. On the West side of Claire M. Fagin Hall. 418 Curie Blvd..
* 39.949025,-75.196700 [map]
* On the University City South Medical Complex tour
* See also:
+pelegstudio.com




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
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+albertpaley.com