December 18, 2014 |
A few years ago, Jerry Jackson's math students at Olney's Grover Washington Jr. Middle School had problems understanding the coordinate grid. X-axis, Y-axis, it didn't matter. They couldn't get their heads around plot points floating in space. Then artist Ben Volta joined Jackson in the classroom with city maps - another sort of grid. Soon, the students were charged with finding and marking meaningful places on their maps, like Grandma's house, the airport, the Liberty Bell, the school.
September 25, 2014 |
In a shady corner of Rittenhouse Square, as summer eased into fall, Eli Green was racing around the curved benches that encircle Billy , the bronze goat that guards the corner of the park. His mother, Jackie Green, stopped him short with a question: "Eli, how old do you think the goat is?" Without a pause, Eli answered gleefully: "3½!" "He's 100!" Green said. But Eli was resolute: "No! He's 3½ like me. " Kid logic aside, Billy, cast by Philadelphia sculptor Albert Laessle in 1914, does indeed turn 100 this year.
February 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA More than two years ago, the University of Pennsylvania announced a project to expand the use of portable heart-shocking defibrillators with a new smartphone application. That app is still "a few months" from being ready, according to project director Raina Merchant. But on Thursday, Penn plans to announce a lower-tech approach to promoting automatic external defibrillator (AED) use: a contest to develop "public art" that would call attention to the devices. Or at least some devices.
January 9, 2014 |
Whether you're there to vent your frustration at City Council, report for the drudgery of jury duty or, worse yet, winding up on the other side of the court system, there are plenty of reasons to be unhappy about visiting City Hall and its neighboring municipal buildings. But, instead of tweeting your complaints the next time you find yourself there, you can now use your smartphone to explore the stunning public artwork in and around the historic building. What was the inspiration behind Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE statue?
December 6, 2013 |
For a group of young, culturally diverse artists, the epiphany came two years ago. Sharing a workspace in the emerging creative haven of Port Richmond, the five decided pooling their talents and opportunities would pay off faster than individual struggle. Amber Art & Design was born, and already the public-art collective has left an impressive imprint, including the Roots mural honoring the Philly hip-hop neo-soul ensemble presented over the summer at Broad and South Streets.
September 6, 2013 |
After book lover Valerie S. Porter, 13, died in 1966, her parents saw the Cherry Hill Public Library as the perfect place to keep her memory alive. Their civic-minded family, friends, and supporters raised about $750 to commission a sculpture by George Greenamyer, whose ambitious, abstract piece soared skyward from the bottom of the old library's lower stairwell for 36 years. Installed in 1968, the sculpture was dismantled, boxed, and stored when that building was demolished in 2004.
June 13, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Here, the question is not "Is it art?" In Atlantic City, a place beholden to its vice, seashore, and ancient traditions of commerce and promotion, where everyone's against it before being for it, the question is, Should there even be art? In this latest saga from everyone's favorite seaside resort, locals and the people who would save them are debating the merits of a new $12 million public art program brought to them by the nonprofit Atlantic City Alliance (DO AC)
February 15, 2013 |
Penny Balkin Bach, longtime executive director of the Association for Public Art, has received the 2013 Public Art Dialogue Award for her contributions to the practice of public art in the United States, PAD announced Thursday at its annual meeting in New York City. Bach, 66, has launched a number of influential projects in Philadelphia over the years, including Museum Without Walls, downloadable audio programs tied to three dozen public sculptures on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive.
December 7, 2012 |
Philadelphia City Council seemed preoccupied Thursday with transportation, processing bills that dealt with skateboards, bikes, and even horses. Also, the members plan to examine U.S. Rep. Bob Brady's idea of using profits from a casino to fund schools and the municipal pension system - a proposal the Nutter administration says may be illegal. Council returned Thursday to legislation shelved two months ago, after a lobbying effort by a group of skateboarders convinced the members that a bill to increase penalties for defacing public art was ill-conceived and vague.