Museum Without Walls: AUDIO Awarded HPP Grant

Museum Without Walls: AUDIO Awarded HPP Grant

The Fairmount Park Art Association has been awarded a $199,720 implementation grant from the Heritage Philadelphia Program of The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage to produce Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO, a unique interactive audio program.

“What is it? It’s a little like music — you feel it, you don’t describe it.” – Lowell McKegney, construction manager and longtime friend, on Mark di Suvero’s Iroquois

The grant will support the creation of unique audio programs for 35 sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive. Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO will be accessible for free by cell phone, audio download, or as streaming audio on the website – visitors and residents of Philadelphia will be able to discover the unique story, civic effort, and creative expression behind each artwork. The program is expected to launch in summer 2010.

Hear the audio program for Mark di Suvero’s Iroquois: 

Lowell McKegney (left) and artist Mark di Suvero (right) during the 2007 installation of Iroquois
Lowell McKegney (left) and artist Mark di Suvero (right) during the 2007 installation of Iroquois. Photo Gregory Benson © 2007 for the Association for Public Art.

Mark di Suvero is a key figure in the development of postwar American sculpture. An innovator in the use of industrial materials and built forms, he is widely recognized for his monumental works that enhance public spaces.

Lowell McKegney is sculptor Mark di Suvero’s installation supervisor and longtime friend. He has worked with the artist for more than 30 years, assisting in the studio and coordinating the use of cranes and lifts outdoors.



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(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.

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