Voyage of Ulysses

(c. 1977)

by David von Schlegell 1920-1992

Plaza of James A. Byrne Federal Courthouse and William J. Green, Jr., Federal Building, 6th Street between Market and Arch Streets

David von Schlegell’s design features diagonal lines to counter the verticality of the nearby architecture. In basic shape “Voyage of Ulysses” resembles a sail, but its appearance varies from difference perspectives.




by Charles Searles (1937 - 2004)

William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building, 600 Arch Street

Commissioned by the GSA’s Art in Architecture Program, this 27-foot mural presents drummers and dancers in vivid colors with complex, interlocking geometric patterns clearly influenced by Charles Searles’ study of African art.


Fountain of the Sea Horses


by Christopher Unterberger (1732 - 1798), Vincenzo Pacetti (1746 - 1820)

Aquarium Drive west of Azalea Garden, behind Philadelphia Museum of Art

This Italian travertine marble fountain featuring four sea horses – symbols of strength and vitality – was a gift from the Italian government (Mussolini’s government) to mark the United States’ 1926 Sesquicentennial.


Seaweed Girl Fountain


by Beatrice Fenton (1887 - 1983)

Greenhouse at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center (Belmont Avenue and North Horticultural Drive, West Fairmount Park)

Beatrice Fenton was a Philadelphia sculptor known for her fanciful fountains with realistic renderings of youths amongst plant forms.


Impala Fountain (Herbert C. Morris Memorial Fountain)

(1962 - 1963)

by Henry Mitchell (1915 - 1980)

Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue; zoo admission (fee) required to view this sculpture

Dedicated to a former officer and director of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, this fountain at the Philadelphia Zoo captures the sudden flight of impala antelope. The herd scatters in arc formations over jets of water in an oval-shaped pool.


The Fruit of the Spirit


by Moe Brooker (1940 - 2022)

William J. Green Jr. Federal Building, 600 Arch Street

Loosely brushed blocks of color, white chalky patches and lines, and confetti-like patterns are layered over larger fields of color, and these forms are framed by sections of stripes and checkerboard grids. To Brooker, the checkerboard, seen in many of his paintings, represents “options, possibilities, and what could happen.”


Rebecca at the Well


by John J. Boyle (1851 - 1917)

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

Once a water fountain, Rebecca at the Well depicts a biblical story from the Book of Genesis, in which Rebecca offers water to a man and his camel.


War Memorial Flagpole


by Charles Rudy (1904 - 1986)

Smith Walk and 33rd Street, north of Spruce Street

This war memorial by sculptor Charles Rudy is dedicated to the University of Pennsylvania faculty, students, and alumni who died in military service.


Brick House


by Simone Leigh (1967 - )

Woodland Walk at 34th and Walnut Streets

This bronze bust of a Black woman by artist Simone Leigh references Batammaliba architecture from Benin and Togo, the teleuk dwellings in Chad and Cameroon, and the restaurant Mammy’s Cupboard in Mississippi.


Church of the Advocate Murals

(1973 – 1976)

by Walter Edmonds (1938 - 2011), Richard Watson (1946 - )

Church of the Advocate, 18th and Diamond Streets

The Church of the Advocate Murals were created between 1973 and 1976 to depict the parallels of Biblical passages and the history of Black people in Africa and America.