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Commissioning
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Commissioning
(Left: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s OPEN AIR (2012) interactive installation
for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Photo by James Ewing.)

Over the years, the Association for Public Art has commissioned, purchased, and placed an imposing selection of sculpture in various settings throughout Philadelphia. These artworks parallel the history of American sculpture, ideals, and patronage and include…

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Preserving
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Preserving

Philadelphia is truly a “museum without walls” and is considered a livable city in part because of its impressive and unique collection of outdoor sculpture. Yet pollution, acid rain, and vandalism threaten these irreplaceable artistic and cultural assets. The Association for Public Art (aPA) plays a leadership role in protecting and preserving Philadelphia’s public art – both through conservation efforts and advocacy. We provide annual maintenance for many of the city’s most beloved sculptures, as well as taking on special preservation and advocacy projects as needed.

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Promoting
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Promoting

Philadelphia has one of the largest collections of outdoor sculpture of any American city, but many residents and visitors take this cultural resource for granted or it goes unnoticed. Because public art is accessible for free and on the street, it does not have any of the perceived barriers of museums or theaters – making it an ideal cultural gateway experience.

Click on the links below to learn more about the ways that the Association for Public Art promotes Philadelphia’s extraordinary collection of public art.

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Interpreting
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Interpreting

The Association for Public Art works with private and public agencies to make public art accessible through educational and interpretative programs, including an interactive website, tours, publications, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and lectures.

Click on the links below to learn more about our interpretive activities.

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO

Interactive Map

Public Art Bike Map

Publications

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Art for Everyone, Anytime!

The Association for Public Art (aPA) commissions, preserves, promotes and interprets public art in Philadelphia.

Formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association. (Click here to visit our archived site.)

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“Symbiosis” Named Best New Public Artwork by Philadelphia Magazine

The Roxy Paine sculpture is now on view in Philadelphia's Iroquois Park.

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Candy Coated’s “Magic Carpet”

Experience another world at The Oval with Magic Carpet by artist Candy Coated, commissioned by the Association for Public Art.

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Find Your Way

Click here to visit our Interactive Public Art Map. Browse by artist, title, or keyword. You can also search for public artworks by visiting our Index by Artist or Index by Title pages.