Sculpture, Graffiti, Cubism: A Hodgepodge of Art Seen In and Around Philly

Visitors to the “City of Brotherly Love” can easily become overwhelmed by all the visual stimulation. As with any major metropolis, Philly hosts a wide spectrum of people, places, and things. While certain neighborhoods are beleaguered by litter and vacant lots, one need only stroll a few hundred feet in order to encounter a colorful mural or a whimsical sculpture. Little-known fact: Philadelphia harbors more public art than any other American city. (And many of her private collections are noteworthy, as well.)

The following images capture only a small sliver of what this city has to offer.

Sculpture
Saylor’s Grove

Woodmere Art Museum

Abraham Lincoln by Sarah Fisher Ames. Sculpted of Carrara marble at an unknown date during the 19th century.

Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site.

Raven sculpture.
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Graffiti




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Mosaic





Manayunk Stoops: Heart and Home by Diane Pieri, 2006. Commissioned by Fairmount Park Art Association in cooperation with the Manayunk Development Corporation and the Fairmount Park Commission.
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Mural

It’s nearly impossible to walk a block in Philadelphia without happening upon a mural. (And I’m not complaining.) The above mural can be found on Ridge Ave near Fairmount, and is titled quite simply: “Dr. J.”


Turtle dove mural in Manayunk.


Turtle dove mural in Manayunk (detail).


Mural on Spring Garden St.
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Quaker Fashion

Wedding Dress, early 1800’s. This is a replica on display at the historical Cedar Grove residence in Fairmount Park. The original (upon which this dress is modeled) can be viewed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Pennsylvania Dutch Girl at the Reading Terminal by Gina Marie, 2012.
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Paintings
Philadelphia Museum of Art



Woodmere Art Museum


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Collage

Be by Gina Marie, 2012. Made of magazine clippings, promotional fliers, and a photograph.

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