Public art in the United States has been around for almost a hundred years, dating as far back as the Great Depression as a way to bolster spirits during difficult times. Today, public art has taken on many forms through mediums such as sculpture, lighting, and murals. Though sometimes stoic and straight-forward, oftentimes public art can be whimsical and imaginative. With some of the best public art pieces in the country, Philadelphia is a great place to explore the fun and curious world of public art.
Bolt of Lightning
An homage to Philadelphia's own Benjamin Franklin, Bolt of Lightning celebrates the famed lightning experiment that led to the invention of electricity. Done by artist Isamu Noguchi, this piece was conceived in 1933 but was not installed until 1984. Standing at the entrance to the city just off of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, this stainless steel work uses heavy cables to create the imagined lightning bolt.
Lion Crushing a Serpent
Located in Rittenhouse Square, Lion Crushing a Serpent is a historical work created by Antoine-Louis Barye. Created in 1832, this sculpture was installed in its current location in 1892. Standing at almost five feet tall, this bronze work was created as a political statement referring to the lion as the French monarchy. The Fairmont Park Art Association commissioned the casting in 1891 and it became the first public art piece in Rittenhouse Square the following year.
One of Philadelphia's most iconic art pieces, the LOVE Sculpture is a piece created by renowned artist Robert Indiana. Standing tall in Center City, this piece was commissioned to celebrate the bicentennial in 1976. First created as a painting in 1964 by Indiana, this painted aluminum sculpture captures the spirit of Philadelphia's nickname, "The City of Brotherly Love".
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