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An Incomplete Map of Philadelphia's Public Art

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Philly is a city known for its commitment to public art; in fact, a survey of American cities showed that Philly was host to more outdoor public art than any other city in the country (and they weren't even counting unauthorized street art!) As such, this map is bound to expand, but for now, here it is: a very incomplete map of Philadelphia's public art.


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1. The Roots Mural

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South Broad Street & South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

This summer, a mural honoring The Roots was completed to much fanfare.

2. Love Statue

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Perhaps the most famous example of Philadelphia's public art, the LOVE statue in JFK Plaza was only intended to be temporary, but public outcry kept it in JFK Plaza for good.

3. The Rocky Statue

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100
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Right by the site of Rocky's famous run up the Art Museum steps, this bronze likeness of Philly's most beloved fictional boxer draws tourists (and a few locals) like no other piece of public art.

4. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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1020 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 733-0390
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The Magic Gardens are a fantastical house and garden covered entirely in mosaic and three dimensional collage. The artist, Isaiah Zagar, has also created murals up and down South Street, which are easy to spot, due to his characteristic style.

5. Clothespin Statue

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1500 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Though a bit baffling, the Clothespin statue at 15th and Market has been a landmark since it was erected in 1976. According to the artist, Claes Oldenburg, the statue is also supposed to represent two lovers intertwining.

6. Your Move

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Broad and J.F.K
Philadelphia, PA 19102

This collection of oversized game piece statues built in 1996 led some to wonder if it was a comment on city government: after all, it is located right in front of the Municipal Services building.

7. Market East Mosaic

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1170 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 580-6500
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This mosaic seems to merely depict a sea of different colors, until the viewer steps back, to realize that it actually depicts trees.

8. Burst of Joy

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Market Street & North 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This abstract statue by Harold Kimmerman is located just outside of the Gallery

9. Religious Liberty Statue

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This statue was dedicated to the people of the United States in 1876 by the order B'nai B'rith and Israelites of America to commemorate religious freedom in the United States. The female figure has thirteen stars on her crown to represent the thirteen original American colonies.

10. Love Letter Series

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Market Street & South 45th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Best viewed out the windows of the El, "Love Letter" is a collection of 50 murals that are visible from the train, between 45th and Market and 63rd and Market.

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1. The Roots Mural

South Broad Street & South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This summer, a mural honoring The Roots was completed to much fanfare.

South Broad Street & South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

2. Love Statue

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Perhaps the most famous example of Philadelphia's public art, the LOVE statue in JFK Plaza was only intended to be temporary, but public outcry kept it in JFK Plaza for good.

3. The Rocky Statue

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Right by the site of Rocky's famous run up the Art Museum steps, this bronze likeness of Philly's most beloved fictional boxer draws tourists (and a few locals) like no other piece of public art.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

4. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Magic Gardens are a fantastical house and garden covered entirely in mosaic and three dimensional collage. The artist, Isaiah Zagar, has also created murals up and down South Street, which are easy to spot, due to his characteristic style.

1020 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. Clothespin Statue

1500 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Though a bit baffling, the Clothespin statue at 15th and Market has been a landmark since it was erected in 1976. According to the artist, Claes Oldenburg, the statue is also supposed to represent two lovers intertwining.

1500 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

6. Your Move

Broad and J.F.K, Philadelphia, PA 19102

This collection of oversized game piece statues built in 1996 led some to wonder if it was a comment on city government: after all, it is located right in front of the Municipal Services building.

Broad and J.F.K
Philadelphia, PA 19102

7. Market East Mosaic

1170 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

This mosaic seems to merely depict a sea of different colors, until the viewer steps back, to realize that it actually depicts trees.

1170 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Burst of Joy

Market Street & North 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This abstract statue by Harold Kimmerman is located just outside of the Gallery

Market Street & North 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Religious Liberty Statue

Philadelphia, PA 19106

This statue was dedicated to the people of the United States in 1876 by the order B'nai B'rith and Israelites of America to commemorate religious freedom in the United States. The female figure has thirteen stars on her crown to represent the thirteen original American colonies.

10. Love Letter Series

Market Street & South 45th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Best viewed out the windows of the El, "Love Letter" is a collection of 50 murals that are visible from the train, between 45th and Market and 63rd and Market.

Market Street & South 45th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104