World Park: Orders and Perspectives (1995)

by Ned Smyth (1948 - )

Photo Caption: Photo Alec Rogers © 2014 for the Association for Public Art
  • Title

    World Park: Orders and Perspectives

  • Artist

    Ned Smyth (1948 - )

  • Year

    1995

  • Location

    Marriott Hotel, plaza, 12th Street at Filbert Street

  • Medium

    Marble and glass mosaic, stones from three U.S. rivers

  • Dimensions

    Length 50′; width 60′

Commissioned by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Owned by the property owner

At A Glance

  • A sculptural environment of conrete and aggregate columns within a perimeter of trees that creates the sense of a room within a room

  • Rich in symboslism and references to Greek, Egyptian and Byzantine architecture

     

  • The mosaic globe represents culture, and the gold-painted mosaic cone represents nature and energy

Ned Smyth’s World Park: Orders and Perspectives is a sculptural environment, rich in symbolism and references to Greek, Egyptian, and Byzantine architecture. The artwork features an arcade of concrete and aggregate columns within a perimeter of trees, creating the sense of a room within a room. According to Smyth, the piece “creates a unique ‘place’ – an outdoor room – for passersby to enter into, reflect upon, and enjoy.” Within the columns is an abstracted mosaic globe of the world, which represents culture, and a gold-painted mosaic cone, which represents nature and energy. Smyth’s work frequently includes architectural references to history.

World Park was commissioned by Marriott International, Inc. in cooperation with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s One Percent for Art Program. The artist was selected for the commission from a 1993 invited competition.

World Park artwork
Photo Alec Rogers © 2014 for the Association for Public Art

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