July 25, 2015 |
With imminent renovation of the two-block-long Gallery mall on Market Street, its owners are faced with a vexing problem: What to do about the public art installed decades ago, fruit of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority's Percent-for-Art program? All public art in the Gallery must be removed by the end of November, according to the authority. As of now, none of the work has officially found a new home. One piece is of particular concern to officials - Larry Rivers' massive tile mural, Philadelphia Now and Then , which not only faces homelessness, but has suffered serious damage over the years.
July 3, 2015 |
It seemed to Philadelphia Art Commission members a curious notion: SugarHouse Casino was asking for approval to finance a documentary and annual film festival to meet its mandate to invest in public art. Members were receptive Wednesday, but had questions: How does a $100,000 film about the history of Philadelphia as a onetime motion picture mecca constitute public art? How, unlike the LOVE statue, would it be visible to the public? Would such a project endure for years? "What assurances has the city . . . that this is going to be lasting?"
June 18, 2015 |
Next summer, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will host a new urban curiosity: glowing, inhabitable sculptures that will carry visitors from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The moving illuminants will traverse the concrete jungle as part of an Association of Public Art (aPA) exhibit called Fireflies by Cai Guo-Qiang, a New York-based artist. The exhibit, a world premiere, is made possible in part by a grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. The grant is for $300,000.
May 31, 2015 |
Artsy. Edgy. Transitional. Distinctive tags describing Old City. But Ted Newbold, who owns a rowhouse here with wife Helen Cunningham, called the area home back when descriptions such as warehouse and fashionable weren't commingled. Newbold, 84, an urban pioneer, is a descendant of Nathan Trotter, founder of Nathan Trotter & Co. Inc., a metal-products company established on Front Street in 1789. In the 1950s, he worked for the firm and lived in Society Hill and on Elfreth's Alley.
May 1, 2015 |
The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania has received a gift of $10 million to enhance the scope and flexibility of its curatorial efforts, ICA director Amy Sadao announced Wednesday. The gift comes from a longtime ICA supporter and board member, the philanthropist and collector Daniel W. Dietrich II. The gift, which doubles the institute's endowment, is the second instance of Dietrich-funded cultural philanthropy to come to light this week. On Monday, the Association for Public Art announced that Dietrich had donated funds to acquire sculptor Roxy Paine's silvery Symbiosis , which has been temporarily installed near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The tree-like stainless steel sculpture will now remain permanently in place.
April 29, 2015 |
The shimmering silver broken tree, a monumental sculpture by the artist Roxy Paine that has been on view near the Philadelphia Museum of Art for nearly a year, has been acquired by the Association for Public Art and will remain permanently installed, association officials announced Monday afternoon. The acquisition was made possible by a grant from the Daniel W. Dietrich II Trust. Penny Balkin Bach, the association's executive director, said that "sometimes dreams come true" - the dream, in this case, being acquisition of what the internationally known Paine calls Symbiosis.
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?