The Friends of Rittenhouse Square on Tuesday unveiled new bronze gates adorning the Gardener's Cottage as the first art piece specifically commissioned for the park.
The gates, a whimsical design of winding vines with animals that might be found living in the square, were dedicated to Patty Hogan, who worked in Philadelphia real estate and was a longtime board member of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square. Hogan died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm in 2008, when she was in her early 50s.
Eric Berg, who is known for his bronze animal sculptures, created the gates with inspiration from trumpet vines that he watched grow on a building across the street from his studio in Powelton Village. Berg's works include the Drexel University dragon and the warthog and giant tortoise at the Philadelphia Zoo.