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Swann Memorial Fountain

1924 by Alexander Stirling Calder

Swann Memorial Fountain

Swann Memorial Fountain. Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Description

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.

Details

19th Street and Logan Square Logan Square Philadelphia, PA 19103

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