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Swann Memorial Fountain

Created in 1924 by Alexander Stirling Calder

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Overview

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, Swann Memorial Fountain 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 — complete the group.

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Children love the playful frogs and turtles that spout water toward the 50-foot geyser in the center of Swann Memorial Fountain.

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