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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
This war memorial by sculptor Charles Rudy is dedicated to the University of Pennsylvania faculty, students, and alumni who died in military service.
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.
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.
Gerhard Marcks (1889-1981)
Maja Park, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street (south side)
After years in storage, Gerhard Marcks’ bronze Maja recently returned to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in a new public park, “Maja Park”. The sculpture once stood on the East Terrace of the nearby Philadelphia Museum of Art for decades.