Philly Is the Public Art Capital of America: 32 Can’t-Miss Pieces [Visit Philly]

(Originally posted by Visit Philly June 22, 2023)

Home to one of the largest collections in the country, Philadelphia is a premier destination for public art. So says USA Today’s 10Best, where Philly was voted the best city for street art in America in June 2023.

The city has thousands of artworks thanks to organizations like the Association for Public Art, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2022, and Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program.

Stunning sculptures sit outside of museums and in parks, while captivating murals brighten the facades of skyscrapers in Center City and walls in quieter neighborhoods.

And new works are commissioned and added to the city’s collection all the time, joining well-established pieces by accomplished artists like Robert IndianaAmy Sherald and Auguste Rodin in Philly’s giant outdoor art gallery.

Seward Johnson Atelier Statues – Mayfair, Philadelphia

Through Saturday, September 30, 2023

American sculptor Seward Johnson’s works have traveled the world. And for the first time ever, some of the artist’s distinctive painted bronze statues make their way to Philadelphia, lining the streets of Northeast Philly’s Mayfair business district. Check out nine playful works — including the father-and-son sculpture Who’s in Charge in front of the iconic Mayfair Diner — along Frankford Avenue through the end of September.

Where: Frankford Avenue

View the full guide here.

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