Swann Memorial Fountain
1924 by Alexander Stirling Calder
The center of Logan Square belongs to a popular fountain sculpture by Alexander Stirling Calder, son of the City Hall artist.
Designed with architect Wilson Eyre, the work memorializes Dr. Wilson Cary Swann, founder of the Philadelphia Fountain Society.
Adapting the tradition of “river god” sculpture, Calder created large Native American figures to symbolize the area’s major local waterways: the Delaware River (a man), the Schuylkill River (a woman) and Wissahickon Creek (a girl).
Frogs, turtles, a fish and two swans — puns on the name of Dr. Wilson Cary Swann, the fountain’s namesake — complete the group.
Children love the playful frogs and turtles that spout water toward the 50-foot geyser in the center.
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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
- The Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps
- Henry J. Cadbury Library
- Making A Classic Modern:
Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for
the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- KAWS @ PAFA
- Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
- The Comcast Center
- LOVE Statue
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
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