Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sculpture Garden

The Art Museum dedicates sculpture garden to late director Anne d'Harnoncourt.

Sculpture Garden


Claes Oldenburg's Giant Three-Way Plug (Cube Tap) recently given to the Philadelphia Art Museum of Art in honor of Anne d'Harnoncourt (its late director, who died in 2008) rests on a knoll in the sculpture garden. The year-old garden, built on the roof of a new underground parking garage was named in d'Harnoncourt's honor at an early evening ceremony. Museum Drive was also renamed Anne d'Harnoncourt Drive.

"To Darkness" Isamu Noguchi (1965), Miharu granite, 66 x 70 x 30 inches

One of the reasons I enjoy shooting asssignments in the arts is because since it often involves self expression, I figure I can backlight, use negative space, or embrace shadows to the full extent of my aesthetic abilities. 

So, while a silhouette might not be appropriate for the profile of a new choir director, when the "story" is a landscaped garden of sculptures, I feel the photos aren't out of context if they're not all straightforward.

The view through a concrete window in the parking garage is a statue of General Friedrich Von Steuben by Warren Wheelock (1947).  It's not with the sculpture garden, but part of the William M. Reilly Memorial to Revolutionary War Heroes.


Inquirer Staff Photographer
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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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