We commission, preserve, interpret & promote public art in Philadelphia
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What We Do

The Association for Public Art (aPA) seeks to respond to the conditions of our time with new commissions, while interpreting and preserving public art for future generations

Explore Public Art

Easily browse an expansive selection of public artworks

Featured artwork

Clothespin (1976)

by Claes Oldenburg (1929 - 2022)

Facing City Hall tower with its sculpture of William Penn, Clothespin has the jolting and humorous effect of a familiar object seen out of context.

Featured artwork

Iroquois (1983 – 1999)

by Mark di Suvero (1933 - )

On December 1, 1994, we covered the Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture in Philly in observance of #DayWithoutArt on… https://t.co/n2AEuaz9pU

Featured News

Limited Edition Barbara Kruger T-shirts and Tote Bag Now on Sale

Re-issued in 2022 to celebrate the Association for Public Art’s 150th Anniversary, you can now purchase t-shirts and a tote bag with Barbara Kruger’s artwork Untitled (When I hear the word culture I take out my checkbook). This 1985 artwork by Kruger was first featured on a t-shirt given to attendees as part of our organization’s Public Art in America ’87 conference held in Philadelphia. The conference was the first national, interdisciplinary forum to examine public art in its broadest context through the perspectives of politics, urban design, cultural anthropology, and the social sciences.

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