Philadelphia Public Art

Year: 2011

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Isaiah Zagar, 1994 - 2013 (ongoing)
* big abstract partial people, plates, dishes, cups, bottles, bicycle parts, words
* Large portions are visible from the sidewalk. See the website for admission information.
* Courtyard/garden. South side of South between 10th and 11th.
* 39.942825,-75.159400 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* See also:

Baily Cypress, 2010 - 2012
* ideas and logos
* inscription: Soccer for social change. Leadership beyond the game.
* Wall. Starfinder Foundation. 4015 Main Street. Northeast side of Main, Southeast of Shurs Lane.
* 40.021225,-75.216890 [map]
* On the Manayunk tour
* Exhibits: Athletic
* See also:
+Baily Cypress on Facebook

Cobbs Creek Constellation
Elisabeth Nickles, 2011
* abstract, mostly vertical people
* Whole structure. 63rd Street MFL Station. 63rd and Market.
* 39.962700,-75.246765 [map]
* See also:
+SEPTA's page for this piece's 63rd Street Station page

Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy
Gregory Pototsky, 2011
* References to, statue of, in memory of: Thomas Jefferson, Uriah Phillips Levy and James A. Zimble
* small standing person, sword, paper, Star of David and U.S. Navy logo
* inscription:
April 22, 1792 - March 22, 1862

Nissan 30, 5552 - Adar II 20, 5622
"I am an American, a sailor, and a Jew."
Born in Philadelphia in 1792, Uriah Phillips Levy was a fifth generation American. According to family stories, he left for sea at ten years old, returning to celebrate his bar mitzvah here at Congregation Mikveh Israel in 1805. He served with distinction in the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812, and became the first Jewish U.S. Navy Commodore, a rank equivalent to Admiral today.
During his fifty-year naval career, Levy was court martialed six times and killed a man in a duel - all incidents related to rampant anti-Semitism. He was dismissed twice from the U.S. Navy, but was reinstated by Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler. He went on to command the Mediterranean Fleet and was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to the Navy Court Martial Board during the Civil War. Levy played a key role in helping to repeal the flogging of sailors, making the U.S. Navy the first military organization in the world to abolish physical punishment.
Levy greatly admired President Thomas Jefferson and the Bill of Rights he crafted, which safeguarded religious liberties for all Americans. In 1832, he commissioned a statue of Jefferson, which sits in the U.S. Capitol today. In 1834, Levy purchased Monticello, Jefferson's home near Charlottesville, Virginia, which he repaired, restored, and preserved for future generations.
The World War II destroyer escort USS Levy (DE-162) was named in his honor, as were the Uriah P. Levy Jewish Chapel at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, and the Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Levy is buried at the Beth Olom Cemetery in Queens, New York.
Given with love of God and Country
in memory of Vice Admiral James A. Zimble, MC USN Ret. (1933-2011)
Beloved 30th Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy
Dedicated December 16, 2011, Kislev 20, 5772
Rabbi Aaron Landes, Rear Admiral CHC USN Ret.
Captain Gary "Yuri" Tabach, USN Ret.
Joshua H. Landes
* West side of Mikveh Israel. East side of 5th, North of Market.
* 39.951325,-75.148400 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:'s Thomas Jefferson page's Uriah P. Levy page's James A, Zimble page
+Mikveh Israel

Finding Home
Kathryn Pannepacker, Joshua Sarantitis, 2011
* big idea, hands and partial standing people, loom, headgear
* inscription: in visible dignity
* Wall. North side of Ludlow across from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. East side of 13th between Chestnut and Market.
* 39.951450,-75.161275 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+ article about this piece
+St. John's

Foo Dogs
* lions
* Bridge over I-676. West side of 10th at Vine.
* 39.957000,-75.155700 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also: Chinese Guardian Lions page

Grumman Greenhouse
Jordan Griska, 2011
* big real airplane, recycled containers, real plants
* inscription:
Grumman S2F Tracker, Polycarbonate, Soil, Recycled Containers, Plants
Plants courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
* Lenfest Plaza. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. West side of Broad, North of Arch.
* 39.955400,-75.163725 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: Peace and Love
* See also:
+Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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]
* On the JFK North tour
* See also:

Aaron Igler, Matthew Suib, Richard Torchia, 2011
* LED representation of water
* inscription: Light Emitting diodes (LEDs) displaying live-feed video of the surface of the Delaware River sourced from a camera pointed east. Never the same twice, the real-time images of the Delaware River streaming overhead shift constantly according to weather and lighting conditions, as well as boating patterns and river wildlife. Drawing attention toward the waterfront these images also encourage viewers to reimagine the cascading noise of overpass traffic as the sound of waves. By reciprocating the gesture made by the Race Street Pier, an urban park that brings the city to the river, Marquee brings the river to the city.
* West side of the I-95 overpass. Race, East of 2nd.
* 39.953750,-75.141600 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* See also: (Aaron Igler and Matthew Suib) Richard Torchia faculty page

Napoli Pizza
Isaiah Zagar, 2011
* big abstract partial people, hats
* Walls. East side of 7th, North of Carpenter.
* 39.937140,-75.154880 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* See also:

National Monument to Scottish Immigration
Terry Jones, 2011
* standing people, dog, hats, weapons, staff, sitting people, furniture, books, scrolls and quills, buildings, horses, carts, trunks, clouds, ships, symbols, logos, and insignia, parts of people, lion, birds
* This piece is listed under many different names. The name shown here is from the
* inscription: (excerpt)
This monument to Scottish Immigrants seeks to provide a broad perspective on the rise and movement of the Scots over many continents and centuries. On either side of this Monument you will find Standing Stones which will assist you in understanding this ancient and ongoing process. The Standing Stones are part of the landscape and history of all the Celtic lands. Many remain in Scotland today. While the original purpose of these stones is not known, it is believed they served a spiritual purpose, and may have had scientific astronomic significance as well. We have adopted them in the monument as symbolic of Scotland's ancient past.
* East side of Front, South of Chestnut.
* 39.947380,-75.142225 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* See also:

Paint Torch
Claes Oldenburg, 2011
* big paintbrush, torch
* lights up at night
* Plaza. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. West side of Broad, North of Arch.
* 39.955350,-75.163200 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Convention Center Lights
The Lighting Practice, 2011
* big abstract lights
* Only visible after dark. The color and pattern are programmable
* Main entrance. Convention Center. East side of Broad between Arch and Race.
* 39.955325,-75.162740 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece
+Pennsylvania Convention Center

Race Street Connector
James Corner Field Operations, 2011
* big idea sign, measurements of water
* "CITY" is on the East side, pointing West and "RIVER" is on the West side, pointing East.
* inscription:
This dramatic light screen, made of expanded metal with bold signage and color-shifting night lighting, unifies the corridor underneath the expressways and draws people to the waterfront. The smaller characters graphically register the historic flooding events of the Delaware River by month, year and peak height as recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Race Street Pier (Pier 11). The resulting timeline visually reinforces the dynamic conntection between the city and the river.
* Under the 1-95 overpass. South side of Race, East of 2nd.
* 39.953670,-75.140950 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* See also:

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
* Exhibits: African American
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece article about this piece
+Woodmere Art Museum

St. John's Fire Memorial
* In memory of William Chance, Hugh Duffy, James Shea and George Steinle
* Philadelphia Fire Department insignia
* inscription:
Hoseman George Steinle
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on February 17, 1899
Hoseman William Chance
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on February 17, 1899
Hoseman Hugh Duffy
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on February 17, 1899
Hoseman James Shea
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on March 2, 1899
* On the sidewalk in front of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. East side of 13th between Chestnut and Market.
* 39.951375,-75.161500 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters
* See also:
+St. John's

Roxy Paine, 2011
* big trees
* Between the Parkway and Pennsylvania at 24th.
* 39.965400,-75.178100 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:

The Assist
Michael Grothusen, 2011
* big abstract working funnel, actual locust tree
* Commissioned by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia. The funnel will provide extra water to the tree assisting its growth over time. Stainless Steel and Locust Tree. 18 x 24 x 10 Picture provided by and Copyright Michael Grothusen
* Northwest corner, American and Diamond.
* 39.982450,-75.138368 [map]
* On the Kensington tour
* See also:
+Michael Grothusen's page at