125 Years (2003)

by Jenny Holzer (1950 - )

Photo Caption: Photo © Association for Public Art
  • Title

    125 Years

  • Artist

    Jenny Holzer (1950 - )

  • Year

    2003

  • Location

    Hill Square, University of Pennsylvania, 34th and Walnut Streets

  • Medium

    Granite and wood

  • Themes

    Women and Public Art

Gift of Alumnae to the University of Pennsylvania

Owned by the University of Pennsylvania

At A Glance

  • Includes quotes from women at University of Pennsylvania over a 125-year period

  • Jenny Holzer is known for her text-based works

  • Quotes were selected by Holzer from Penn’s Archives

Dedicated in November 2003, 125 Years by artist Jenny Holzer recognizes the anniversary of 125 Years of Women at Penn (celebrated November 1-2, 2001). The artwork consists of a pathway with granite benches and curbs that feature quotations from University of Pennsylvania women over the 125-year period since females were first enrolled at the school. The views and opinions of the women have been inscribed into the stone. The path’s midpoint consists of wooden planks that cross over a series of wetland plantings.

Holzer is a New York based artist known for her text-based works. She collaborated with Philadelphia based landscape architecture firm OLIN and New York lighting designer L’Observatoire.

The quotations used for 125 Years were selected by Holzer from materials found in the Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.

More information on the sculpture can be found here.

125 Years artwork at the University of Pennsylvania
Photo © Association for Public Art

 

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