Friday, March 27, 2015

Philadelphia's Most Controversial Public Art

From The Clothespin to The Rocky Statue, these are some of Philadelphia's most talked about works of art.

Philadelphia’s Most Controversial Public Art


Philadelphia is known for many things––cheesesteaks, history and all that other great stuff. But one of the city’s most impressive features isn’t nestled in a roll or on the dusty pages of a textbook; it’s in our streets.

Philadelphia is the city with the most murals in the country and, according to The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, it is “the first city in the United States to adopt programs for acquiring and commissioning works of contemporary public art for new development in urban renewal areas,” like the Percent for Art Program.

That’s great and all, but with all this public art floating around, people are bound to have some problems. In this slideshow, you’ll see some of the city’s most controversial and talked about public works of art.

Amanda V. Wagner
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Art Attack is a partnership with Drexel University and is supported by a grant from the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, administered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Amanda V. Wagner
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