“Playing Angels” Sculpture Returns to Kelly Drive

Yesterday a beloved sculpture was restored to its proper place in Fairmount. Carl Milles’ “Playing Angels” have danced and played in the grass above Kelly Drive since 1972 and recently received a long-awaited makeover.

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (Creative Philadelphia) had the “Playing Angels” fully restored and reengineered their anchoring system, so now they can be enjoyed for decades to come. The angels were cast from a group of five originals created by the famous Swedish sculptor around 1950, which currently reside in Millesgården, overlooking Sweden’s Stockholm harbor.



According to the Association for Public Art, the five casts were originally headed for a private site in Philadelphia. When plans fell through, one angel headed to Kansas City and another to Virginia. The Association for Public Art (then called the Fairmount Park Art Association) bought the other three in 1968 and installed them four years later.

The playful bronze casts sit lightly atop concrete pedestals – similar to those at Millesgården – giving them the appearance of flight. Now the “Playing Angels” can once again be seen frolicking in the sky while they make their music where Kelly Drive meets Fountain Green Drive, overlooking the Schuylkill River.

Photos courtesy of the Association for Public Art.

What’s Worth Seeing in October: Neil Young, Thurston Moore, Midtown Village Fall Festival, and More

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Neil Young

Neil Young
October 8th and 9th
Academy of Music
The gritty Canadian singer and guitarist has always had a huge Philadelphia fan base, and his shows here are the stuff of legend. He performed a solo set and one with Crosby, Stills and Nash at Live Aid, he headlined a special 2008 concert to commemorate the end of the Spectrum, and his 2007 Tower shows were memorialized by filmmaker Jonathan Demme in the documentary Neil Young Trunk Show. If you don’t catch at least one of his two performances here this month, you’ll be missing out.

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Studio of Artist Andrew Wyeth Named National Historic Landmark

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The National Park Service has expanded a local national landmark to include the longtime studio of one of the best-known artists of the mid-20th century, Andrew Wyeth. Wyeth, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 91, is known for his realist paintings. The son of famous illustrator N. C. Wyeth, Andrew spent many years studying and painting his hometown of Chadds Ford. Some of his favorite subjects included his neighbors, Anna and Karl Kuerner, and their farm. The farm was also where Wyeth met Helga Testorf, a caregiver who became the subject of many of his paintings in the 70s and 80s.

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PHOTOS: Barbara Proud’s First Comes Love Book Launch at UArts

A book launch and reception was held Friday night at University of the Arts for photographer and Associate Professor Barbara Proud’s new page-turner First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships (Soleil Press).



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PHOTOS: Have You Seen the Giant Chair in the Lobby at the Kimmel Center?

If you haven’t been to the Kimmel Center lately, you may be surprised when you walk in to see a giant chair dwarfing the lobby and all the attendants scurrying around underneath. Simply called “Folding Deck Chair,” the work, by multi-disciplinary artist Tristin Lowe, is part of a rotating collection of works from the West Collection—the same folks who donated those busts of composers made out of pages of books.

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9-Foot Joe Frazier Statue Being Erected at Xfinity Live

Photo by Matt Rourke | AP

Photo by Matt Rourke | AP

Philly artist Stephen Layne is applying the finishing touches to a 9-foot-tall, 1,800-pound sculpture of Joe Frazier that will stand in South Philly at Xfinity Live. The statue captures the boxer mid-punch. Layne modeled it after a photograph of the moment Frazier floored Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight title in 1971. He thought that pose did a better job representing Philly than the statue of that other (ahem, fake) boxer over at the Art Museum.

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WATCH: Bizarre Trailer for David Lynch’s Upcoming PAFA Exhibit

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) is readying for a much-hyped new David Lynch exhibit, called “The Unified Field.” The exhibition will feature, among other things, 90 of Lynch’s drawings and paintings from 1965 to present, and some early short films, including 1967’s Six Men Getting Sick. To promote it, Lynch made this bizarre trailer which finds him lying awkwardly in a black space flicking light balls and talking gibberish. It’s very David Lynch:

“David Lynch” The Unified Earth” is Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. It opens September 13th and will run through December 28th. For more information, go here.

 

FringeArts Debuts Futuristic Floating Pop-Up Community WetLand

Artist rendering of "WetLand" by Mary Mattingly.

Artist rendering of “WetLand” by Mary Mattingly.

If you thought you had experienced every possible summer pop-up this city has to offer, think again.

A collaboration between FringeArts and Brooklyn-based artist Mary Mattingly is bringing yet another stunning waterfront destination to Philadelphia, except this one is more like a world of its own.

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