Upcoming Public Art Tours

2018 weather permitting
Philadelphia, PA (Fairmount Park and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway)

By foot or by bike, come along for one of our upcoming public art tours! The Association for Public Art (aPA) has partnered with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to host a bike tour through West Fairmount Park on Saturday, August 25th, and we’ve teamed up with Feet First Philly to do a walking tour along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, September 22nd. Want to take your dog along? Sign up for our Dog Walk & Public Art Tour on September 29th as part of our #ArtPup campaign.

For all of these tours, registration is required and space is limited. Unable to join? Try one of our online tours or download our bike map.

Fairmount Park Bike Tour with the Bicycle Coalition

Saturday, August 25, 2018
10:00AM – 1:00PM
Meet at Iroquois Park  NOTE: The meeting location has changed to Lloyd Hall. Please meet at Lloyd Hall on Kelly Drive (see map)

Take a bike ride through Philadelphia’s scenic West Fairmount Park and learn about many of the outdoor sculptures along the way. This route will cover roughly 7 miles total with some hills. Please bring water and a helmet!



Benjamin Franklin Parkway Walking Tour with Feet First Philly

Saturday, September 22, 2018
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Meet at Philadelphia City Hall (see map)
Free for our members, $10 for non-members

This walking tour will highlight the unique stories behind the Parkway’s outstanding collection of public art, from Alexander Calder’s William Penn atop City Hall to Mark di Suvero’s Iroquois near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.



#ArtPup Dog Walk and Public Art Tour

Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Meet at Iroquois Park, 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
Free – Registration Required

Ramp up your routine and bring your pup for a public art stroll around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and along Kelly Drive as part of the Association for Public Art’s #ArtPup campaign. Only one dog per person allowed and dogs must be leashed at all times.


Related Artworks


Rock Form (Porthcurno)


by Barbara Hepworth (1903 - 1975)

Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 17th Street

One of the 20th century’s most eminent sculptors, Dame Barbara Hepworth created abstract works influenced by natural shapes.


Atmosphere and Environment XII


by Louise Nevelson (1899 - 1988)

University of Pennsylvania, Shoemaker Green (east of 33rd Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets)

Atmosphere and Environment XII is a product of the mature style of Louise Nevelson, one of the most influential artists of the decades following World War II.


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.


The Wrestlers

(3rd century BCE, cast c. 1885)

by Artist Unknown

Horticulture Center grounds (Belmont Avenue and North Horticultural Drive, West Fairmount Park)

This sculpture is based on the 3rd century BCE Greek original, which was lost in antiquity. The men are engaged in the Greek sport pankration.

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