March 13th, 2012|Comments are off for this post

(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 historic masterworks by Alexander Milne Calder, Alexander Stirling Calder, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Frederic Remington, and Daniel Chester French; modern sculptures by renowned artists Paul Manship, Jacques Lipchitz, Isamu Noguchi, and Henry Moore; and contemporary works by Martin Puryear, Siah Armajani, and Mark di Suvero. Thanks to the efforts of the Association and others, Philadelphia boasts one of the largest collections of public art of any American city.

The Association’s work in public spaces has continuously evolved over time in response to current art making practice, and we often develop projects around specific themes or goals that advance community needs or civic issues that otherwise would not be addressed. Click below to learn more about our recent commissioning programs and projects.

Recent Projects:

Coming soon: Symbiosis by Roxy Paine

OPEN AIR (2012), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

The Labor Monument: Philadelphia’s Tribute to the American Worker (2010) by John Kindness

Common Ground (2009), John H. Stone and Lonnie Graham in collaboration with Lorene Cary

Iroquois (installed 2007), Mark Di Suvero

Manayunk Stoops: Heart and Home (2006), Diane Pieri

Commissioning Programs:

New•Land•Marks: public art, community, and the meaning of place:

The Labor Monument: Philadelphia’s Tribute to the American Worker (2010), John Kindness

Common Ground (2009),John Stone and Lonnie Graham in collaboration with Lorene Cary

Manayunk Stoops: Heart and Home (2006), Diane Pieri

I have a story to tell you . . . (2003), Pepón Osorio

Embodying Thoreau: dwelling, sitting, watching (2000), Ed Levine

Form and Function:

Pavilion in the Trees (1993), Martin Puryear

Fingerspan (1987), Jody Pinto

Louis Kahn Lecture Room (1982), Siah Armajani

El Gran Teatro De La Luna (1982, reinstalled 2012), Rafael Ferrer

Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden

International Sculpture Garden

Light Up Philadelphia

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