A remarkable collection of outdoor sculpture and Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse Row can be found along Kelly Drive, which follows the Schuylkill River through Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The Trail is an ideal spot for walking, jogging, or biking. (Bike rentals available at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row.)
Charioteer of Delphi(5th century B.C., cast 1977)
by Artist UnknownKelly Drive near 24th Street
Around 478 B.C., Polyzalos, the Tyrant of Gela in Sicily, commissioned a statue to express his gratitude to the god Apollo for his charioteer’s victory in the Pythian Games. The cast near Philadelphia’s Museum of Art was a gift from the Greek government.
Joan of Arc(1890)
by Emmanuel Frémiet (1824 – 1910)Kelly Drive at 25th Street
A memorial to the French heroine, the French community in Philadelphia sought the aid of the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) to commemorate their centennial.
Tiger at Bay(1965)
by Albino Manca (1898-1976)Kelly Drive between Sedgley Drive and Fairmount Avenue
The artist, Sardinian-born Albino Manca, chose to represent this fierce and commanding cat posed in a defensive position – perhaps warding off its main predator and enemy – man.
Silenus and the Infant Bacchus(4th century B.C., cast 1885)
by Praxiteles c. 400-330 B.C.Kelly Drive, between Sedgley Drive and Fairmount Avenue
Considered one of the masterpieces of antiquity, this sculptural group was originally carved in marble by Praxiteles, a renowned ancient Greek Attic sculptor.
by William Zorach (1887 - 1966)The Azalea Garden at Kelly Drive and 26th Street
A labrador black granite puma in the Azalea Garden by Lithuanian artist William Zorach.
by Robert Morris (1931 - 2018)Kelly and Sedgely Drives
Eight wedges of painted weathering steel by artist Robert Morris form a rounded square on the grass near Kelly Drive.
by Randolph Rogers (1825 - 1892)Kelly and Sedgely Drives
Philadelphia was one of the first cities in the nation to erect a monument to Lincoln after he was assassinated.
by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848 - 1907)Kelly Drive at Lemon Hill Drive
The New England Society of Pennsylvanians asked Augustus Saint-Gaudens to make a replica of “The Puritan” located in Springfield, Massachusetts for the city of Philadelphia. Gaudens made some changes in the figure’s dress and adjusted the facial characteristics for “The Pilgrim.”
by Einar Jónsson (1874 - 1954)Kelly Drive north of Boathouse Row
Einar Jónsson’s sculpture of the Icelandic hero Thorfinn Karlsefni, who is said to have visited America’s shores as early as 1004. Little is known of Karlsefni except what is recorded in the “Saga of Eric the Red.”
Stone Age in America(1887)
by John J. Boyle (1851 - 1917)South of the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial, Kelly Drive north of Boathouse Row
The Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) commissioned John J. Boyle to create a Native American sculpture for Fairmount Park. At its current site, Stone Age in America takes its place with other sculptures “emblematic” of American history.
Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial(1933 – 1961)
by Various ArtistsKelly Drive along the Schuylkill River, south of the Girard Avenue Bridge
The Association for Public Art established and maintains the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial. The Memorial includes three terraces and seventeen sculptures that were commissioned over a period of thirty years.
James A. Garfield Monument(1895)
by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848 - 1907)Kelly Drive, south of Girard Avenue Bridge; across from Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial
Following the assassination of James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) established a fund to create a fitting memorial.
by Frederic Remington (1861 - 1909)Kelly Drive north of Girard Avenue Bridge
Intrigued by the interaction of the cowboy and his horse, Frederic Remington found inspiration in the roughriders of the American West.
by Carl Milles (1875 - 1955)Kelly Drive at Fountain Green Drive
Three slim angels concentrate raptly on their music as they hover above the grass along Kelly Drive. The work of Swedish-born artist Carl Milles, they are casts from a group of five originals from the Millesgarden in Stockholm, Sweden.
by Stephen Berg (1934 - 2014), Tom Chimes (1921 - 2009)Kelly Drive on the Schuylkill River retaining wall between "Cowboy" and "Playing Angels," Fairmount Park
Poet Stephen Berg and visual artist Tom Chimes describe “Sleeping Woman” as a “choral voice rising out of the site.” The collaborative work was created specifically for its location along the Schuylkill River.
General Ulysses S. Grant(1897)
by Daniel Chester French (1850 - 1931), Edward C. Potter (1857 - 1923)Kelly and Fountain Green Drives
Just four days after the death of General Grant in 1885, the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) formed a committee to create a fund for erecting an appropriate memorial.
John B. Kelly(1965)
by Harry Rosin (1897 - 1973)East Fairmount Park, Kelly Drive near Growing Grandstand
A monument to great champion oarsman John B. Kelly, Sr. along the Schuylkill River, erected by the Friends of Jack Kelly.
Laurel Hill Cemetery(1836)
by Various Artists3822 Ridge Avenue (Huntingdon Street to Allegheny Avenue)
Laurel Hill Cemetery was founded in 1836 as a nonsectarian alternative to Philadelphia’s crowded, inner-city churchyards of the early nineteenth century.