Site Seeing: Rediscover Public Art This Spring!

Throughout the month of April 2012 weather permitting
Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Site Seeing logoThroughout the month of April, the Art Association presents Site Seeing: Rediscover Public Art this Spring!, a month-long celebration of public art that invites Philadelphians and visitors to rediscover the city’s outdoor sculpture.

This series of four free programs aims to engage city residents and tourists with public art in new and unexpected ways:

An Evening of Tango at the Swann Memorial Fountain invites audiences to re-imagine a historic tango dance party and celebrate the return of spring at Logan Circle’s Swann Memorial Fountain.

Next, public art gets a lift with a Public Art Pathway made up of giant balloons directing visitors to sculptures and Public Art Ambassadors along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

For those who want to see public art in a new light, a one-night-only Sculpture Flashlight Mob is an open invitation for participants to illuminate the abstract Iroquois sculpture with a symphony of flashlights.

Finally, two weekends of Public Art Bike Tours let cyclists, casual bike-riders and active families experience Fairmount Park’s hidden treasures on two wheels.


An Evening of Tango at the Swann Memorial Fountain

  • Thursday, April 5, 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m
  • Logan Circle, 19th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • FREE! Preregistration is suggested

>>Click here to register

>>Click here for more information

>>Click here to learn more about the history of the Parkway dances

Public Art Pathway

  • Saturday, April 21 and Saturday,
  • April 28, 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway from LOVE Park
  • FREE!

Sculpture Flashlight Mob

  • Wednesday, April 25, 8:30p.m.-10:00p.m.
  • Iroquois sculpture, 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • FREE!

Public Art Bike Tours

  • Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 29, 1:30p.m.-4:3op.m.
  • Tours begin at the Iroquois sculpture, 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • FREE! Cyclists must register in advance; space is limited

>>Click here to register for the 4-mile ride (Please note: the 4-mile rides are full.)

>>Click here to register for the 10-mile ride (Please note: the 10-mile rides are full.)

>>Click here for more information

Related Artworks


Swann Memorial Fountain


by Alexander Stirling Calder (1870 - 1945)

Logan Square, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 19th Street

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



(1983 – 1999)

by Mark di Suvero (b. 1933)

Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval and Spring Garden Street (Iroquois Park)

Mark di Suvero’s monumental Iroquois has a robust energy and physical presence. The abstract sculpture is formed from painted steel I-beams, which are emblematic of the artist’s use of industrial materials.

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