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Lenfest Plaza

Produced by Michael O'Reilly

August 2012

Installed in August 2011, Claes Oldenburg's "Paint Torch" hangs over the entrance to the Lenfest Plaza and what is ostensibly the gateway to the "Museum Mile" - The newly unveiled Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the start of those museums, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Museum, unified into a campus by the construction of the plaza, also provides a sculpture space reserved for PAFA students at the end opposite from the "Paint Torch". We talk to the creators of the sculptures at either end as well as the designer of the plaza itself, and provide a detailed look at the construction and installation of all three structures over the course of the year.

Sculpture in PhiladelphiaEdited by Marissa Gouverne

With the installation of "Paint Torch", Philadelphia becomes the city with the most public art by the celebrated artist Claes Oldenburg. In this video, Mr. Oldenburg discusses the other pieces of Philadelphia-based public art, and comments on the merits of mounting sculpture in Philadelphia over New York City.