Triune (1974)

by Robert Engman (1927 - )

Photo Caption: Photo Alec Rogers © 2014 for the Association for Public Art
  • Title

    Triune

  • Artist

    Robert Engman (1927 - )

  • Year

    1974

  • Location

    15th Street and South Penn Square

  • Medium

    Bronze, on concrete base

  • Dimensions

    Approximate dimensions: height 20′; width 18′ (base height 6’6″)

Commissioned by Girard Bank and Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company

Owned by the property owner

At A Glance

  • Massive bronze curves interlock to form Robert Engman’s Triune

  • The three lobes are meant to symbolize the interdependence of people, government, and industry

  • The sculpture weighs approximately 28,000 pounds

  • Commissioned jointly for a site near City Hall by Girard Bank and the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company

Opposite City Hall, on a portion of sidewalk that juts toward the whizzing traffic, massive bronze curves interlock to form Robert Engman’s Triune. The three lobes are meant to symbolize the interdependence of people, government, and industry. The work on Triune involved a series of models and four separate castings at the Crown Foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania. Engman and apprentice Tom Cullen ground and polished the final cast themselves. The finished work weighs approximately 28,000 pounds. Commissioned jointly for this site by Girard Bank and the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company, the sculpture was installed in 1975.

Adapted from Public Art in Philadelphia by Penny Balkin Bach (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1992).

Triune sculpture
Photo Alec Rogers © 2014 for the Association for Public Art.

 

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This artwork is part of the Around City Hall tour

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