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  • Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs

    1964 by Nathan Rapoport

    Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs.

    Nathan Rapoport’s affecting Holocaust memorial shows an apparent tangle of suffering figures. The flame-like arrangement, though, recalls the burning bush through which God spoke to Moses, promising to rescue His people (Exodus 3:2). In this way the sculpture seems to offer hope mixed with profound grief. A Polish native, Rapoport also created a monument to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

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  • Mural Arts Program

    Creators of more than 3,600 city murals since 1984

    A Philadelphia Mural.

    Founded as an anti-graffiti program in 1984, Mural Arts has evolved and expanded into an internationally recognized leader in community-based public art.

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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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  • 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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  • Old Man, Young Man, the Future

    1966 by Leonard Baskin

    Old Man, Young Man, the Future.

    In the courtyard of Society Hill Towers (designed by IM Pei), a forbidding birdlike creature faces off against a seated old man and a standing younger one. According to sculptor Leonard Baskin, the bird represents both the Future and the “promising and ominous” nature of external reality.

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  • Pavillion in the Trees

    1993 by Martin Puryear

    Not exactly a tree house, but inspired by the notion of one, Martin Puryear’s wooden structure near the Horticulture Center allows you to stand among the treetops, 24 feet above ground. This architectural sculpture developed from the Fairmount Park Art Association’s program called “Form and Function,” which stressed artworks that serve a practical purpose.

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  • Pennsylvania Railroad War Memorial

    1950 by Walker Hancock

    Dedicated to Pennsylvania Railroad employees who died in World War II, Walker Hancock’s monument does far more than honor one company’s personnel. Set against the tall columns of 30th Street Station, the sculpture transcends time and place. A looming bronze figure of the archangel Michael gently raises a dead soldier from the flames of war. With Michael’s wings reaching toward the heavens, the work’s intensely vertical shape reinforces its theme. You may remember this sculpture from the film Witness.

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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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  • Philbert

    1995 by Eric Berg (with painted tiles by Victoria Davila)

    Philbert at the Reading Terminal Market.

    Meeting at the pig may sound less dignified than meeting at the eagle, but Philbert, a 3-foot bronze piggy bank, has become a popular spot to wait for a friend. Philbert lives in the bustling Reading Terminal Market, where he invites shoppers to feed him coins for charity.

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  • Playing Angels

    1950 by Carl Milles

    From the Art Museum it’s just 1.5 miles to Carl Milles’s wonderful Playing Angels on Kelly Drive.

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  • Prometheus Strangling the Vulture

    1943, cast 1953 by Jacques Lipchitz

    In Lipchitz’s artistic version of the classic tale, he created an optimistic prediction of human victory over evil.

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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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  • Shakespeare Memorial

    1926 by Alexander Stirling Calder

    The Philadelphia Shakespeare Memorial.

    A morose Hamlet leans his head against a knife, while a laughing jester, Touchstone, lounges against him.

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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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  • Smith Memorial Arch

    1897–1912, Various Artists

    The Smith Memorial Arch.

    The Smith Memorial commemorates Pennsylvania’s military heroes of the Civil War.

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  • Social Consciousness

    1954 by Jacob Epstein

    Social Consciousness

    The elongated figures of Jacob Epstein’s Social Consciousness suggest sympathy, tenderness and sorrow for human suffering.

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  • Split Button

    1981 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

    The Split Button by Claes Oldenburg.

    Knowing that Ben Franklin had founded the university, and noticing that a nearby statue depicted him as somewhat plump, they imagined that Ben had popped a button.

    The button would have fallen to the ground and been broken by students’ feet. Thus the sculptors created a massive aluminum “split” button for the plaza in front of the main library.”

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  • Starman in the Ancient Garden

    1990 by Brower Hatcher

    The Starman in the Ancient Garden.

    This mysterious sculpture by Brower Hatcher makes you think about the changes in civilization from past to present to future.

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  • Stone Age in America

    1887 by John J. Boyle

    Stone Age in America.

    In this handsome bronze, an axe-wielding Native American woman carries one of her young children while another crouches beside her. At her feet lies a dead animal, probably a bear cub, and she scans the path ahead for further danger. Remarkably, this 19th-century sculpture reflects few of the cultural stereotypes common at the time.

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  • Swann Memorial Fountain

    1924 by Alexander Stirling Calder

    Swann Memorial Fountain.

    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.

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  • The China Gate

    1984 by Sabrina Soong with Chinese engineers and artisans

    Chinatown Gate

    Community members collaborated with architect Sabrina Soong to plan the grand gateway for Chinatown. The brightly painted portal follows a traditional Qing Dynasty style, using tiles from Philadelphia’s sister city, Tianjin. Engineers and artisans from China did the construction.

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  • The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Comcast Center

    A mesmerizing digital video display in the lobby of the Comcast Center

    The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall

    A breathtaking LED video wall in the public lobby of the Comcast Center

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  • The Irish Memorial

    2002 by Glenna Goodacre

    The Irish Memorial

    For the 150th anniversary of Ireland’s Great Hunger of the 1840s, Glenna Goodacre created this 30-foot-long bronze set in a park over I-95. With more than two dozen life-sized figures, the sculpture tells the story of the multitudes who died in the old country as well as the hundreds of thousands who crowded onto disease-ridden ships for the Great Migration to America.

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  • The Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps

    Two of the most famous tourist attractions in Philadelphia

    The famous East Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    One of Philadelphia’s most famous pieces of public art is a bigger-than-life boxer… literally.

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  • The Sculpture Park
    at Abington Art Center

    27 acres of environmentally conscious outdoor art

    Sculpture Park at Abington Art Center is set among the rolling lawns of an elegant manor house.

    Raising environmental awareness through the arts is the focus of the Sculpture Park at Abington Art Center, set among the rolling lawns of an elegant manor house. Art lovers aren’t the only ones drawn to this outdoor gallery. Birdwatchers and picnickers also enjoy the grounds, while children are invited to participate in a range of hands-on activities.

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  • The Spirit of Enterprise

    1950–1960 by Jacques Lipchitz

    A muscular pioneer strides forward, scanning the horizon.

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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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  • Three-Way Piece Number 1: Points

    1964 by Henry Moore

    Thee-Way Piece Number 1: Points.

    A giant tooth? A weirdly shaped bone or rock? Henry Moore’s chubby, one-ton bronze, poised on three delicate points, suggests different interpretations from different angles. Both prolific and highly respected, Moore has been called the most influential sculptor of the 20th century.

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  • Venice Island Performing Arts
    and Recreation Center

    New waterfront community and performance arts space in Manayunk

    Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk.

    Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood has a new waterfront community destination with the recent opening of the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center along the Schuylkill River.

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  • Washington Monument

    1897 by Rudolf Siemering

    The Washington Monument in Eakins Oval.

    In Eakins Oval a mounted George Washington is poised to lead a march down the Parkway. Allegorical figures surround his pedestal, while the lower levels portray “typical” American people and animals. Across the roadway, Auguste Kiss’s Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther and Albert Wolff’s The Lion Fighter flank the museum steps.

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