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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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The Roots Mural

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

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.

The Rocky Statue

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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.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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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.

Clothespin Statue

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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.

Your Move

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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.

Market East Mosaic

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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.

Burst of Joy

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

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.

Love Letter Series

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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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The Roots Mural

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

Love Statue

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.

The Rocky Statue

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.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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.

Clothespin Statue

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.

Your Move

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.

Market East Mosaic

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

Burst of Joy

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

Religious Liberty Statue

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.

Love Letter Series

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.