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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. 


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


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.


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.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies


by Cai Guo-Qiang (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.

The Association for Public Art (aPA) plays a leadership role in protecting and preserving Philadelphia’s public art – both through conservation efforts and advocacy.

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.