“Steel Bodies” Opening Reception with Maren Hassinger

June 14, 2023 6PM - 8PM rain or shine
Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial, Central Terrace (9 Schuylkill River Trail Philadelphia, PA 19130)

Free and open to the public with registration required. Come for an evening of art and light refreshments along the river! Join the Association for Public Art (aPA) for our 151st Annual Meeting to celebrate the opening of Maren Hassinger’s Steel Bodies outdoor public art exhibition at the historic Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial along Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River. The artist will give brief remarks and attendees can explore the metal vessel sculptures installed throughout the memorial. Part of an ongoing effort to reimagine and revitalize this site, Steel Bodies will be the first contemporary public art exhibition at the memorial, as well as Hassinger’s first outdoor sculpture exhibition in Philadelphia.

One of ten large-scale open metal vessel sculptures by Maren Hassinger, installed at the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial in Philadelphia, along Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River. Inspired by ancient iconic vessel archetypes, the abstract sculptures suggest three-dimensional line drawings that vividly connect art with nature.
Photo Ashley Lippolis © 2023 for the Association for Public Art

Maren Hassinger’s “Steel Bodies” was originally presented and commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park, New York with support from the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. Artworks courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery. The installation of this project was done in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks & Recreation.

Related Artworks


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.

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