Roxy Paine’s Symbiosis Acquired by the Association for Public Art

A gift for Philadelphia!

The Association for Public Art (aPA) is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Daniel W. Dietrich II Trust, Inc. to acquire Symbiosis (2011) by internationally acclaimed artist Roxy Paine, now installed on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

Roxy Paine's Symbiosis sculpture at twilight
Photo James Ewing Photography © 2014 for the Association for Public Art

The monumental sculpture has been on temporary display in Iroquois Park since June 2014, courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery and with the cooperation of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks & Recreation and the city’s Art Commission.

The acquisition enables Symbiosis to remain in Philadelphia and joins other significant public artworks—notably Mark di Suvero’s soaring Iroquois (1983‒1999) acquired and installed by the aPA in 2007, with the support of philanthropist David N. Pincus, and the gilded statue Joan of Arc (1890) by Emmanuel Frémiet, installed by the aPA over a century ago. 

Philanthropist and President of the Trust, Daniel W. Dietrich II, said, “It is a great pleasure to provide support for the remarkable work of the Association for Public Art.”

Penny Balkin Bach, aPA Executive Director, said, “We are profoundly grateful to the Daniel W. Dietrich II Trust, Inc. for this wonderfully generous gift to the aPA and to the city. Such a major work by a contemporary artist of Roxy Paine’s stature is an extraordinary addition to the exceptional public art tradition for which Philadelphia is known.

Symbiosis, in proximity to Iroquois, creates a fascinating dialogue in terms of form, color, scale, ambiguity, and each artist’s distinctive use of industrial materials. Both extend an invitation to take time, slow down, come closer, and experience the site and the sculptures first-hand from different perspectives.”

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by Roxy Paine (b. 1966)

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue (Iroquois Park)

Hand-fabricated from thousands of pieces of stainless steel pipe, plate, and rods, Symbiosis is part of Roxy Paine’s “Dendroid” series.

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