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City Life

Who Was the Real Christopher Columbus?

The fight over the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philly’s Marconi Plaza sounds simple enough: Either the statue should stay or it should go. It […]

Cathy Harris
City Life

What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Should Feature Public Art That Reflects the Community

Cathy Harris, 59, of Wynnefield, is director of community murals at Mural Arts Philadelphia. I first joined Mural Arts Philadelphia 18 years ago. I remember my […]

Leni Lenape sculptures
City Life

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Not Just Fishtown Anymore

Did you celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday? Fishtown certainly did, beneath the steady gaze of its new light-pole toppers: the wild turkey and white […]

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City Life

Artist Behind Massive Robot Sculpture in NoLibs Insists It Comes in Peace

Late last week, we noticed something strange going on in Northern Liberties: Construction workers were assembling a bizarre metal structure in a vacant lot along […]

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City Life

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: The Navy Yard Got Legs

When I was a kid, growing up in Glenside, we drove into the city regularly — to visit relatives, go to museums, see the Wanamaker’s […]

City Life

Philly Just Unveiled Its First Memorial to an African-American Figure

A 12-foot bronze statue of Octavius V. Catto — 19th century educator, baseball player, abolitionist, and civil rights activist — was unveiled today on the […]

Love Park install - Dilworth Park
City Life

Love Sculpture Moved From LOVE Park to Dilworth Park

For the George Young Company, it was a labor of love. Today, the company — working with Materials Conservation — moved the Love sculpture from […]

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You Need This Pocket-Sized Guide to Philadelphia’s Public Art

The City has published a nifty, highly portable reference guide to public art around Center City, Fairmount Park and University City. The idea behind A […]

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Art Installation Will Light Up Welcome Center in LOVE Park Redesign

When the redesign of LOVE Park is complete, the already-futuristic-looking Welcome Center will look even more like a hovering spacecraft thanks to a $230,000 art installation that […]

City Life

The 10 Best Philly War Memorials

It’s Veterans Day, the occasion on which we honor the men and women who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, which reminds […]

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Robert Indiana’s AMOR Sculpture Unveiled on Art Museum Steps

Going with the idea of our city being on a world stage while Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families are in town this week, […]

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Joe Frazier Statue to Be Unveiled Next Month at Xfinity Live

  Philly artist Stephen Layne’s 12-foot-tall, 1,800-pound Joe Frazier statue has been bronzed and is finally ready to be erected in its permanent home at […]

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City Life

Should Philly Get to Vote on Its Public Art Installations?

I don’t have great taste in art. Or, maybe even worse, I don’t have any taste in art. I have a couple of nice pieces […]


Six People Have Been Caught Urinating On A Ben Franklin Statue This Semester

Like all old, rich colleges, the University of Pennsylvania has a ton of stupid traditions. Many of them are steeped in history — the day […]


“Band of Brothers” Heroes to Get Statues in Philadelphia

Edward “Babe” Heffron and William “Wild Bill” Guarnere — two World War II heroes from South Philly immortalized in the book and miniseries Band of […]