Inquirer Spreads the Word: Parkway Sculptures to be “Festooned with Balloons”

Inquirer Spreads the Word: Parkway Sculptures to be “Festooned with Balloons”

Photo © Association for Public Art
Photo © Association for Public Art

The Philadelphia Inquirer writes about the Association for Public Art’s upcoming “Public Art Pathway” event, which will see giant white balloons flying high over twelve outdoor sculptures on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this Saturday, April 21 and Saturday, April 28, 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. The balloons will highlight the sculptures and “turn that part of the Parkway into a giant Google map, a format that people are now familiar with,” aPA Executive Director Penny Bach explains.

“Public Art Ambassadors” will also be stationed at each of the sculptures, ready to talk about the artworks. “Public Art Pathway” is one of four free events included in the aPA’s “Site Seeing: Rediscover Public Art This Spring!” campaign, a month-long public art celebration inviting Philadelphians and visitors to rediscover the city’s outdoor sculpture.

Read the Inquirer article: “Meet the Statues”

Learn more about “Site Seeing: Rediscover Public Art This Spring!”

Related Artworks


All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors


by J. Otto Schweizer (1863 - 1955)

Logan Square, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 20th Street

The Honorable Samuel Beecher Hart, a Pennsylvania legislator and captain of the Gray Invincibles, proposed a memorial to the state’s African American military men who had served the United States in wartime.



(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.




by Robert Indiana (1928 - 2018)

15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard

For the bicentennial celebration in 1976, artist Robert Indiana lent the city a large aluminum sculpture of his “love” image. Indiana first produced this design as a painting in 1964.




by Dudley Talcott (1899 - 1986)

18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

This memorial sculpture was commissioned by a committee of Polish Americans formed to honor Kopernik on the 500th anniversary of his birth.

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