Puma (1954)

by William Zorach (1887 - 1966)

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin © 2015 for the Association for Public Art
  • Title

    Puma

  • Artist

    William Zorach (1887 - 1966)

  • Year

    1954; installed 1962

  • Location

    The Azalea Garden at Kelly Drive and 26th Street

  • Medium

    Labrador Black granite, on granite base

  • Dimensions

    Height 3;4 1/2", width 2'6", depth 2'3" (base height 2'1", width 5'6", depth 7'6"

  • Themes

    The Animal Kingdom

Purchased by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1962 exhibition

Owned by the City of Philadelphia

At A Glance

  • A Labrador Black granite puma by Lithuanian artist William Zorach

  • Purchased by the Association for Public Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art’s 157th Annual Exhibition

  • Installed in the Azalea Garden at the request of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The grace and power of this beautiful animal has been captured in Labrador Black granite by William Zorach. A Lithuanian immigrant and lithographer, Zorach studied at the Cleveland School of Art and National Academy of Design in New York City. Recognized as an American Cubist painter, he discovered sculpture in his late 20’s and helped revive the technique of direct carving in the United States.

The Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) purchased Puma from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art’s 157th Annual Exhibition in 1962 and installed it in the Azalea Garden at the request of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Puma
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2015 for the Association for Public Art

 

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This artwork is part of the Along Kelly Drive tour

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