For Philadelphia (2018)

by Jenny Holzer (1950 - )

Photo Caption: Photo Gerardo Ramirez © 2020 for the Association for Public Art
  • Title

    For Philadelphia

  • Artist

    Jenny Holzer (1950 - )

  • Year

    2018

  • Location

    1800 Arch Street, Comcast Technology Center Lobby

  • Medium

    9 LED screens

  • Themes

    Women and Public Art

At A Glance

  • On view weekdays from 6:00am – 8:00pm

  • Text is displayed on 9 screens in a way that resembles stock tickers

  • The artwork loops through 17 hours of uninterrupted content

…[Jenny Holzer] was the first woman to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale. 

Installed in 2018, Jenny Holzer’s For Philadelphia lines the ceiling of the Comcast Technology Center’s winter garden. Its nine electronic screens display written messages and ideas by both local and international writers, poets, and architects, as well as text from Philadelphia schoolchildren. The artwork resembles stock tickers as it scrolls through 17 hours of uninterrupted content, all of which illustrate Philadelphia’s rich history and diversity while connecting the city on a global scale.

Photo Gerardo Ramirez © 2020 for the Association for Public Art

Jenny Holzer is a conceptual artist living and working in New York whose work is primarily based on text. Holzer, who obtained her B.F.A. from Ohio University in 1972 and her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in 1975, utilizes a variety of media to manifest writing onto public spaces and architecture. Her 2003 installation 125 Years, located on the University of Pennsylvania’s Hill Square, is indicative of her multimedia practice, as it inscribes the quotations and ideas of women from the university during the 125-year period since women were first enrolled.

Holzer has also exhibited her work throughout the world, in institutions such as the World Trade Center, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and she was the first woman to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale. 

RESOURCES:

Loading map...

More artworks