A Pheast for the eyes in Philly

Claes Oldenburg Sculpture Towers Between PA Academy of Fine Arts BuildingsPhiladelphia has lots of great treats for the eyes, from 18th century homes to amazing outdoor sculpture to, of course, the Liberty Bell.  Now there’s a new whimsical outdoor sculpture towering just north of Philadelphia’s “wedding cake” city hall.

This  51 feet high paint brush sculpture and paint “glop” was created by Claes Oldenburg and celebrates the opening of a wonderful outdoor civic space, Lenfest Plaza, that used to be part of a city street.   This new outdoor landmark, called the Torch,  is well worth a look – in person or on line.  It’s located directly across from the convention center and in between the two PA Academy of Fine Arts buildings.

The PA Academy of Fine Arts is the nation’s first museum and first fine arts school.  Rich history and a contemporary view of the world make it a wonderful place to enjoy American art from Thomas Eakins and Benjamin West to today…now marked by a Torch!

The CEO of MetroKitchen is a national Trustee of this wonderful history-filled institution.  We support a variety of PA Academy of Fine Arts fund raising events, including an especially fun wine auction in November!