Since 1982, the Association for Public Art’s conservation program has provided annual maintenance each spring for over 30 beloved public artworks throughout the city.
Throughout the month of May, be on the lookout for the Association for Public Art’s conservation team conducting annual maintenance on 31 Philadelphia public artworks. Our conservators perform condition inspections of the artworks, remove any surface grime and graffiti, wash the sculptures, and apply a special wax coating for those made of bronze. The artworks are cleaned, protected, and stabilized to protect them from further corrosion.
*For those interested in seeing the process up close, our conservation technician will be working on Thorfinn Karlsefni on Kelly Drive on Thursday, May 29 from 10-11am. For conservation updates and photos, follow the Association for Public Art on Instagram and Facebook.
Kelly Drive, south of Girard Avenue Bridge; across from Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial
Following the assassination of James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) established a fund to create a fitting memorial.
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.