Daily News: “This museum has no walls, but it can talk”

A woman accessing Museum Without Walls AUDIO with the app
Photo Johanna Austin © 2012 for Association for Public Art

Shaun Brady for Philadelphia’s Daily News encourages readers to get out their smartphones and discover Philadelphia’s public art through Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO, the Association for Public Art’s interpretive outdoor sculpture audio program.

“Museum Without Walls offers a variety of voices discussing the artistic, historic and cultural impact of the city’s public art, one of the most extensive and impressive collections of any city in the country,” Brady writes, adding that notable participating voices include “Mayor Nutter; ‘Clothespin’ artist Claes Oldenburg; Philadelphia Museum of Art director and CEO Timothy Rub; and David Kim, violinist and concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.”

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Originally launched in 2010 for artworks along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive, Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO expanded in 2013 with the addition of 30 new audio programs for sculptures in Center City and Fairmount Park.

>>Learn more about the new Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO programs

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John Christian Bullitt


by John J. Boyle (1851 - 1917)

City Hall, North Plaza (Broad and Market Streets)

An attorney and civic leader, John Christian Bullitt drafted the “Bullitt Bill” which would later become Philadelphia’s City Charter.




by Claes Oldenburg (1929 - 2022)

Centre Square Plaza, 15th and Market Streets

Facing City Hall tower with its sculpture of William Penn, Clothespin has the jolting and humorous effect of a familiar object seen out of context.


William Penn

(1890, cast 1892)

by Alexander Milne Calder (1846 - 1923)

City Hall Tower, Broad and Market Streets

Over thirty-six feet tall and weighing more than 53,000 pounds, Alexander Milne Calder’s William Penn atop City Hall is one of Philadelphia’s most prominent landmarks.


Joseph Haydn


by Idusch & Son

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

This bronze monument, which honors an important Austrian composer was awarded to the United German Singers of Philadelphia at the 21st National Saengerfest.

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