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Philadelphia is widely believed to have one of the largest public art collections in the country. Philadelphia’s extraordinary collection of public art is a result of the city’s long and impressive tradition of cultural and civic involvement.

With superb examples of every period and material, the city’s unrivaled collection forms a veritable “museum without walls.”

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  • Clothespin

    1976 by Claes Oldenburg

    Oldenburg’s Clothespin outside City Hall

    Philadelphia’s City Hall has inspired many reactions, but perhaps none quirkier than Claes Oldenburg’s. City Hall is formal, ornate late 19th century. Oldenburg’s 45-foot steel Clothespin, directly across 15th Street, is sleek, ultramodern, whimsical. Everyone has an opinion about the Clothespin. What’s yours?

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  • Dream Garden

    Louis Comfort Tiffany meets Maxfield Parrish in a one-of-a-kind creation

    The Dream Garden

    One of only three such works ever undertaken by Tiffany Studios, the piece is comprised of 24 panels that took six months to install in its Philadelphia setting. In 1998, after the piece was put up for sale and casino magnate Steve Wynn attempted to purchase it, a citywide outcry nixed the deal, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts purchased its alumnus’ famous Dream Garden to make sure it would remain where it has always been.

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  • Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

    Artist Isaiah Zagar’s masterpiece on South Street

    Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Garden.

    Covering an indoor and outdoor space equivalent to half a city block, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens glisten with creativity, urban renaissance and a hint of madness.

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  • John B. Kelly (The Rower)

    1965 by Harry Rosin

    Statue of John B. Kelly.

    With Boathouse Row and miles of challenging river, Philadelphia has long been a center for rowing enthusiasts. Who better to represent this tradition than Olympic champion John B. Kelly Sr., who won the single sculls in 1920 and the doubles in 1920 and 1924. A bronze sculpture of Kelly at the oars is located near the rowing grandstands.

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  • Your Philadelphia Tour

    Design your own historical and cultural excursion in the City of Brotherly Love

    Your Philadelphia Tour allows tour-goers to create their own custom guided tour.

    Your Philadelphia Tour seeks to offer a different way to see and learn about the City of Brotherly Love: by putting the tour-goers in charge.

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  • Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

    At the races

    The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is the featured event at the Trenton Ave. Arts Fest.

    Since 2007, Fishtown’s to-the-north neighbor Kensington has held this one-of-a-kind competition, which sees teams building amazing, elaborate sculptures that also happen to be downhill-raceable vehicles.

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  • Official Mural Arts Tours

    Take a tour of the “Mural Capital of the World”

    Explore the city’s murals by bike on a Mural Arts Tour.

    Explore Philadelphia’s collection of more than 3,500 murals by foot, trolley, train, bike, or even your own vehicle on an official Mural Arts Tour.

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  • What We Sow

    Mural Arts Program explores the future of heirloom foods

    What We Sow examines the role of heirloom foods through an ongoing series of events.

    In anticipation of their 30th anniversary, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is looking back at its history and looking forward to the social and experimental dimension of art in public space during What We Sow.

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  • Dilworth Plaza

    Undergoing renovations to become one of the city’s great green spaces

    Rendering of the renovated Dilworth Plaza, opening in 2014.

    Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Plaza is undergoing a major transformation into a modern and welcoming outdoor space.

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  • The Thinker

    Rodin’s iconic statue sits in quiet reflection on the Parkway

    The Thinker at the Rodin Museum

    Silently perched along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Auguste Rodin’s iconic sculpture greets visitors as they enter the Rodin Museum.

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  • Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO

    An interpretive audio tour with 35 stops along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive

    Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE statue

    Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is a multi-platform, interactive audio tour, designed to allow locals and visitors alike to experience Philadelphia’s extensive collection of public art and outdoor sculpture along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive. This innovative program invites passersby to stop, look, listen and see this city’s public art in a new way. Discover the untold histories of the 51 outdoor sculptures at 35 stops through these professionally produced three-minute interpretive audio segments. The many narratives have been spoken by more than 100 voices, all with personal connections to the pieces of art.

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  • Rittenhouse Square

    Philadelphia’s most popular town square

    Rittenhouse Square

    Rittenhouse Square is as popular with residents as it is with visitors. In the picturesque, tree-lined streets surrounding the park, you will find charming townhomes, luxurious spas, amazing eateries, jewelry stores and the highest of high-end fashion boutiques.

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  • Shofuso – The Japanese House and Garden

    Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park

    The Japanese House and Garden

    Enter a place of harmony and tranquility, where the large stone statue of the Buddhist deity Jizo keeps silent watch over the Shofuso in its home away from home in Fairmount Park. Explore the Pine Breeze Villa, fragrant from its tatami mats and hinoki bark roof; across the wooden bridge, a tea garden leads past lanterns to the ceremonial teahouse complex.

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  • William M. Reilly Memorial

    (1938–1961)

    In 1890 General William M. Reilly of the Pennsylvania National Guard bequeathed funds for a memorial to Revolutionary War heroes. Though it took decades to raise additional money, six sculptures were eventually installed northwest of the Art Museum.

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