Exploring Public Art in the Park: From William Penn to Rocky

Weekend Tour

Philadelphia is home to one of the largest collections of outdoor sculptures in the country. Join the Association for Public Art for a walking tour that will explore the iconic public artworks installed along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—a grand boulevard that has become a cultural mecca and a museum without walls since its construction in the early 20th century. From Alexander Milne Calder’s William Penn atop City Hall, to the famous Rocky statue movie prop and popular tourist destination, this tour will highlight the fascinating stories behind the Parkway’s outstanding collection of public art. Additional sculpture stops include Robert Indiana’s LOVE and AMOR, Barbara Hepworth’s Rock Form (Porthcurno), Alexander Stirling Calder’s iconic Swann Memorial Fountain, J. Otto Schweizer’s All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors, Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker, Roxy Paine’s Symbiosis, and more.

The tour starts at Dilworth Park (Dilworth Park Cafe at City Hall) and we will walk 1.25 miles to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the end of the tour, participants are welcome to visit the museum to explore individually before the bus returns.

Tour Leaders

Ashley Lippolis

Communications Associate, Association for Public Art