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.
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.
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.