International Sculpture Garden
Pennís Landing along the Delaware River, Columbus Blvd. At Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Penn. 19106-1403
Contact: Laura S Griffith - Assistant Director, Fairmount Park Art Association
Tel: (215) 546-7550
Fax: (215) 546-2363
Web site: www.fpaa.org (under
The International Sculpture Garden celebrates the impact
of other cultures on the American experience. "Each individual piece,"
the Art Association noted, "should not only be typical of that nationís
heritage, but should also be of the highest quality." Established
by the private, non-profit Fairmount Park Art Association in 1976, the
International Sculpture Garden is located at Pennís landing along the
Delaware River, at a site administered by the Pennís Landing Corporation.
The 80,500-square-foot garden includes two Pre-Colombian Spheres (300-1525),
the Largest Nandi (c.1500) sculpture ever to leave India, two Korean Chosen
Dynasty Memorial FiguresóMangbusucks (c.1695), a Kwakiutl Totem-Carved
House Post (c. 12th-13th century). Currently the
International Sculpture Garden is undergoing a redesign and expansion,
and several of the sculptures are in storage until the completion of the
new space, which is anticipated within the next few years. (First six
The Fairmount Park system, best known for the 4,400-acre
ribbon of green bordering the Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Creek,
is actually a city-wide (and city-run) park system, with 63 separate parks
of all sizes and types covering 8,900 acres. More than 200 sculptures
in the park were donated by a range of individuals, organizations, and
agencies with different missions, and primarily by the non-profit Fairmount
Park Art Association. Founded in 1872 as the nationís first public art
organization, the Art Association acquired, donated, and commissioned
for the park such sculptures as Emmanuel Fremietís Joan of Arc
(1890), Fredric Remingtonís Cowboy (1908), and Paul Manshipís Duck
Girl(1911). Masterworks by Antoine Louis Barye, Alexander Milne and
Alexander Stirling Calder, John J. Boyle, Daniel Chester French, Augustus
Saint-Gaudens, Jaques Lipchitz, and Henry Moore are among the many sculptures
located in the park. Recent commissions include Fingerspan (1987)
by Jody Pinto, Sleeping Woman (1990) by Stephen Berg and Thomas
Chimes, and Pavillion in the Trees (1993) by Martin Puryear. (Last
Hours: Open sun-up to sun-down, daily, year-round.
Call Pennís Landing Corp. (215) 923-8181 for driving instructions.
Parking near site with a fee.
Catalogue: see Public Art in Philadelphia, Penny Balkin