Evelyn Taylor Price Memorial Sundial (1947)

by Beatrice Fenton (1887 - 1983)

Photo Caption: Photo Alec Rogers © 2015 for the Association for Public Art
Rittenhouse Square, Walnut Street between 18th and 19th Streets

  • Title

    Evelyn Taylor Price Memorial Sundial

  • Artist

    Beatrice Fenton (1887 - 1983)

  • Year

    1947

  • Medium

    Bronze, on granite base

  • Dimensions

    Height 4'11", width 2'6", depth 2' (base height 3', width 3', depth 2')

  • Themes

    Women and Public Art

Commissioned by the Rittenhouse Square Improvement Association

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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At A Glance

  • Commissioned by the Rittenhouse Square Improvement Association in memory of Evelyn Taylor, who was the organization’s president as well as the long-term president of the Flower Market Association

  • A sundial composed of two children holding up the head of a sunflower, which is also a sundial

     

  • Art historian Beatrice Gillman Proske referred to the piece as  “a poetical reminder of the fleeting joys of sunshine”

Evelyn Taylor Price Sundial in Rittenhouse Square
Photo Alec Rogers © 2015 for the Association for Public Art

The Evelyn Taylor Price Memorial Sundial was commissioned by the Rittenhouse Square Improvement Association in memory of Evelyn Taylor, who was the organization’s president as well as the long-term president of the Flower Market Association. The sculpture depicts two cheerful naked children holding up the head of a sunflower, which is also a sundial — a play on the theme of flowers and the sun. Art historian Beatrice Gillman Proske referred to the piece as  “a poetical reminder of the fleeting joys of sunshine.”

The sculpture embodies the fanciful liveliness that was characteristic of the Beatrice Fenton’s garden and fountain sculptures. Fenton is also the artist who created Seaweed Girl Fountain at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center.

 

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Voices heard in the program:

Beatrice Fenton, heard on archival tape, is the artist of Evelyn Taylor Price Memorial Sundial.

Evie Taylor Price Scott is the granddaughter of Evelyn Taylor Price.

Dr. Page Talbott is the former president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Segment Producer: Alex Lewis

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