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Swann Memorial Fountain (1924)

by Alexander Stirling Calder (1870 - 1945)

Three bronze Native Americans that represent Philadelphia’s three main waterways: the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, and Wissahickon Creek.

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Iroquois (1983 – 1999)

by Mark di Suvero (1933 - )

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Symbiosis (2011)

by Roxy Paine (1966 - )

Hand-fabricated from thousands of pieces of stainless steel pipe, plate, and rods, “Symbiosis” is part of Roxy Paine’s “Dendroid” series.

Browse Artworks by Theme

Browse a selection of artworks by themes that highlight the unique and fascinating public art connections to be found in Philadelphia

  • African American Themes

    The African American theme includes public artworks that were created by African American artists or illustrate the African American experience

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  • Benjamin Franklins

    The Benjamin Franklin theme gives a glimpse of the many ways Benjamin Franklin is represented throughout Philadelphia

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  • Equestrian Sculpture

    The Equestrian Sculpture theme highlights a selection of public artworks with men and women riding on horseback from Fairmount Park to Center City

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  • Functional Public Art

    The Functional Public Art theme showcases public artworks in Philadelphia that are utilitarian, site specific, and integral to community life

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  • Military Generals

    The Military Generals theme celebrates generals throughout America's history that have been memorialized in bronze and stone

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  • Native American Themes

    The Native American theme highlights outdoor sculpture that depicts Native American people as well as their history and culture

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  • Presidents and Leaders

    The Presidents and Leaders theme features portrayals of political, religious, and civic leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • The American Revolution

    The American Revolution theme includes Philadelphia’s monuments and memorials to the American Revolutionary War

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  • The Animal Kingdom

    The Animal Kingdom theme includes sculptures of species ranging from slithering snakes to ferocious lions, as seen in various sizes and settings

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  • The Calder Family (of Artists)

    The Calder Family (of Artists) theme reflects Philadelphia's historic ties to three generations of artists in the Calder Family and their celebrated public artworks

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  • The Civil War

    The Civil War theme demonstrates the ways in which community groups in Philadelphia have come together to commission monuments and memorials in remembrance of the Civil War

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  • War Memorials

    The War Memorials theme includes commemorative public artworks that celebrate veterans who served in the Civil War, World War I, and World II

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  • Women and Public Art

    The Women and Public Art theme is a sampling of Philadelphia public artworks that were created by women artists or inspired by female protagonists

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