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Now in its 40th year, our conservation program is one of the longest continuously operating programs of its kind in the country. Here’s a look at some of the work we did this season, including the deinstallation of Mark di Suvero’s iconic red-orange “Iroquois” sculpture for major restoration.

Our conservation efforts involved a little bit of everything this year: laser treatments, power washing, new wood slats, fresh paint, the classic bronze waxing – even lipstick and gum removal. Each spring, the Association provides conservation treatment for 30+ artworks in Philadelphia and take on special projects as needed.


Conservation Underway

Posted: May 1, 2018

Each spring, our team conducts conservation maintenance for over 30 outdoor sculptures in Philadelphia and takes on special projects as needed. 


Alexander von Humboldt


by Friedrich Johann Heinrich Drake (1805 - 1882)

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at Black Road, West Fairmount Park

Charles Darwin called Alexander von Humboldt “the greatest scientific traveler who ever lived.” This memorial was among the very first statues erected in Fairmount Park.


Joseph Leidy


by Samuel Murray (1870 - 1941)

Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

A leading figure at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Joseph Leidy (1823-1891) is known as the “father of American vertebrate paleontology,” and is recognized as the foremost American anatomist of his time.


North Pediment


by Carl Paul Jennewein (1890 - 1978)

East Terrace, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Carl Paul Jennewein was a classical sculptor who was particularly interested in combining sculpture with architecture. His sculptures for the north pediment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art draw their content and technique from ancient Greece.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies


by Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957)

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The internationally renowned artist Cai Guo-Qiang draws on memories of the traditional lantern festivals of his childhood for his latest site-specific project.


Cow Elephant and Calf


by Heinz Warneke (1895 - 1983)

Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue

The project originated in 1959, when the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) invited a group of sculptors to submit designs for a work to be placed in the northern section of the zoo

Throughout the month of May, be on the lookout for the Association for Public Art’s conservation team conducting annual maintenance on 31 Philadelphia public artworks.