“OcTOURber” Public Art Virtual Tour in East Fairmount Park

Friday, October 9, 2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM rain or shine
Kelly Drive (Via Zoom, Link to Register Below)

Detail of Carl Milles' Playing Angels

Thanks to all who tagged along for the tour! You can watch the recording above or follow this link.


Orestes and Pylades Fountain - bronze sculpture
The Orestes and Pylades Fountain in East Fairmount Park. Photo © Association for Public Art

Join the Association for Public Art (aPA) for a free virtual lunchtime tour in East Fairmount Park on Friday, October 9th. We’ll be sharing fascinating stories behind select public artworks near Kelly Drive and Fountain Green Drive, including Playing Angels, Sleeping Woman, and the Orestes and Pylades Fountain.

This tour is part of Fairmount Park Conservancy’s OcTOURber series of self-guided tours in Fairmount Park with five themes: Historic Houses, Public Art, Nature, Water and Past & Present. For more Fairmount Park Conservancy events, visit myphillypark.org.

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Related Artworks


Playing Angels


by Carl Milles (1875 - 1955)

Kelly Drive at Fountain Green Drive

Three slim angels concentrate raptly on their music as they hover above the grass along Kelly Drive. The work of Swedish-born artist Carl Milles, they are casts from a group of originals from the Millesgården in Stockholm, Sweden.


Sleeping Woman


by Stephen Berg (1934 - 2014), Tom Chimes (1921 - 2009)

Kelly Drive on the Schuylkill River retaining wall between "Cowboy" and "Playing Angels," Fairmount Park

Poet Stephen Berg and visual artist Tom Chimes describe Sleeping Woman as a “choral voice rising out of the site.” The collaborative work was created specifically for its location along the Schuylkill River.


Orestes and Pylades Fountain


by Carl Johann Steinhauser (1813 - 1879)

Oxford Street at 33rd Street Entrance to East Fairmount Park

The fountain, in East Fairmount Park, shows the two seated figures of Orestes and Pylades with a bust of Diana on a plinth behind them.


General Ulysses S. Grant


by Daniel Chester French (1850 - 1931), Edward C. Potter (1857 - 1923)

Kelly and Fountain Green Drives

Just four days after the death of General Grant in 1885, the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) formed a committee to create a fund for erecting an appropriate memorial.


Big Bling


by Martin Puryear (b. 1941)

Along Kelly Drive between Fountain Green Drive and the Connecting Railway and Girard Avenue Bridges

The Association for Public Art, working with New York’s Madison Square Park Conservancy in a first-time collaboration, brought internationally acclaimed artist Martin Puryear’s Big Bling to Philadelphia as a temporary installation on Kelly Drive.

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