(Pictured above) To celebrate #PHLSculpture #ISDAY, OACCE Staff chose Amor by Robert Indiana, at Sister Cities Park
Public Art Program
Philadelphia is known world-wide for its public art and is believed to be the oldest and largest collection in the United States. Sculptures, statues, murals and more works of art from artists local and international make up the collection that can be seen in almost every neighborhood in Philadelphia. The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is committed to advancing, preserving and celebrating this collection. The two main public art initiatives for the OACCE are the administration of the Percent for Art Ordinance and the Conservation and Collection Management of public art.
International Sculpture Day
Celebrate International Sculpture Day in Philadelphia on April 24 with the OACCE by taking a photo and or selfie with your favorite public art sculptures in your neighborhood or along your daily commute and share it with hashtags #PHLSculpture and #ISDAY! Join your fellow Philadelphians in supporting public art by letting us know what these sculptures mean to you!
For more details read the press release.
Conservation and Collection Management
The OACCE recognizes the importance of new public art installations, but just as important are the conservation and maintenance of public art in the city. Over 1000 sculptures, reliefs, mosaics, stained glass pieces, kinetic works, paintings, and murals are a part of the Conservation and Collection Management program that works to preserve these works of art for generations to come.
When an artwork is chosen for conservation, the OACCE facilitates the conservation process from the relocation of the work, develops a condition assessment, and protects the work from damage. Highlights of this program include: the cleaning of William Penn atop City Hall, and the restoration of the Playing Angels on Kelly Drive.
Questions about the Public Art Program or conservation and collection management of the City of Philadelphia’s permanent public art collection? Contact Public Art Director Margot Berg, email@example.com, or call (215) 686-4596.