Floating Figure (1927, cast 1963)

by Gaston Lachaise (1882 – 1935)

Photo Caption: Photo © Association for Public Art
  • Title

    Floating Figure

  • Artist

    Gaston Lachaise (1882 – 1935)

  • Year

    1927; cast 1963

  • Location

    Society Hill Town Houses courtyard, Locust Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets

  • Medium

    Bronze, on marble base

  • Dimensions

    Height 4’5"″; width 8′ (base 8′)

  • Themes

    Women and Public Art

Purchased by Society Hill Town House Development

At A Glance

  • Artist Gaston Lachaise’s sculpture celebrated the female form

  • The original Floating Woman was installed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York

  • A second casting was secured in 1963 for the Society Hill Town House Development

Gaston Lachaise introduced a certain vitality and sensuality in American sculpture through the celebration of the female form. The exaggerated physical features of some of his works reflect a marked influence of prehistoric art. The original Floating Woman was modeled in 1927, cast 1934-35, and installed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A second casting was secured in 1963 for the Society Hill Town House Development designed by architect I. M. Pei and sponsored by the Alcoa Corporation and the city’s Redevelopment Authority.

Adapted from Public Art in Philadelphia by Penny Balkin Bach (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1992).

 

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