Public Art Bike Tours through Fairmount Park – Register Today!

June 17th and July 22nd 10:00AM - 12:30PM weather permitting
West Fairmount Park and along Kelly Drive (10.5-mile route beginning and ending at 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue)

Working with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the Association for Public Art (aPA) bike tours are back!

Enjoy a free public art bike ride exploring outdoor sculptures in West Fairmount Park and along Kelly Drive on June 17th or July 22nd. This is an approximately 10.5-mile loop that will begin and end at Iroquois Park at 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, near Iroquois and Symbiosis. The tour will highlight Martin Puryear’s Pavilion in the Trees (1993) and his newly-installed Big Bling (2016) on Kelly Drive, both brought to Philadelphia by aPA.

Please bring a water bottle, a light snack, and helmet. If you do not bring your helmet, you will not be able to participate. These tours are recommended for urban cyclists with some experience riding on busy streets or in traffic. Registration is required and space is limited!


Martin Puryear artworks that will be highlighted during the tour: Pavilion in the Trees and Big Bling
The tour will highlight two works by Martin Puryear, both brought to Philadelphia by aPA: Pavilion in the Trees (1993) at the Horticulture Center (left), and the newly-installed Big Bling (2016) on Kelly Drive (right).

Related Artworks


Pavilion in the Trees


by Martin Puryear (b. 1941)

Lansdowne Glen, Horticulture Center grounds, off North Horticultural Drive, West Fairmount Park

A sixty-foot walkway leads across a natural basin to an observation platform – a square deck covered by a latticed canopy – that rises twenty-four feet above the ground.


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.


Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial

(1933 – 1961)

by Various Artists

Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River, south of the Girard Avenue Bridge

The Association for Public Art established and maintains the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial. The Memorial includes three terraces and seventeen sculptures that were commissioned over a period of thirty years.


Smith Memorial Arch

(1897 – 1912)

by Various Artists

Avenue of the Republic, West Fairmount Park

The Smith Memorial Arch was initiated by Richard Smith, a wealthy Philadelphian who bequeathed a half million dollars to build a monument to Pennsylvania’s naval and military heroes of the Civil War.

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