Night (1872)

by Edward Stauch (1830 - ?)

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin © 2013 for the Association for Public Art
  • Title


  • Artist

    Edward Stauch (1830 - ?)

  • Year

    1872; relocated 1980

  • Location

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

  • Medium

    Bronze, on brick base

  • Dimensions

    Height 5’8″, width 1'11", depth 1'8" (base height 2'4", width 6'6", depth 6'6")

Acquired by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art)

Owned by the City of Philadelphia

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At A Glance

  • First gift to the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) in 1872

  • Originally located on George’s Hill in West Fairmount Park

  • Please check the hours for the Horticulture Center grounds before your visit

This allegorical bronze cast by local foundry Robert Wood & Co. depicts descending nightfall as a shrouded woman.

It was the first gift to the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art), with funds contributed by Trustee Edwin N. Benson.

Presented to the Fairmount Park Commission in 1872, the sculpture was originally located on George’s Hill in West Fairmount Park on a 5′ granite base. It was relocated to its current location in 1980.

Edward Stauch was born in Germany circa 1830 and worked in Philadelphia between 1855 and 1870. Other sculptures attributed to him in Philadelphia are at the American Philosophical Society and the German Society of Pennsylvania.

Voices heard in the Museum Without Walls: AUDIO program: Michael Stauch is the great-great-grandson of the artist, Edward Stauch. He is the Director of Music at Atonement Lutheran Church in Asbury Park, and wrote the song “Grandfather’s Statue, Nocturne.” Charles E. Mather III (1934-2020) was the longest-serving president of the Association for Public Art, formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association. Stephen C. Layne is a contemporary artist and sculptor working in Philadelphia. He is an instructor in figure modeling, drawing and anatomy at Fleisher Art Memorial. Hardy Von Auenmueller is the Chairman of the German Society of Philadelphia. He was born in Saxony, Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1959. | Segment Producer: John DeLore

Museum Without Walls: AUDIO is the Association for Public Art’s award-winning audio program for Philadelphia’s outdoor sculpture. Available for free by phone, mobile app, or online, the program features more than 150 voices from all walks of life – artists, educators, civic leaders, historians, and those with personal connections to the artworks.




This artwork is part of the Around the Horticulture Center tour

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