6th Street in front of Independence Place
|I'm already bored with it. Pic from philart.net.|
This comes from a sad year for Philadelphia public art, 1986. It was then that the Independence Square condo complex needed to satisfy their Percent-for-Shit requirement. The Redevelopment Authority was just expecting a single sculpture in the middle of the plaza sort of like the one that would be placed in front of the Rittenhouse Hotel two years later. Makes sense right?
Enter artist Barbara Neijna. She envisioned a mini sculpture garden that would encompass the whole 180' x 180' plaza with "sculpture, trees, flowers, ornamental paving, and lighting" that would be symbolic of the ancient residential architecture of Society Hill. Somehow, this lead to a bunch of white scrap aluminum being strewn all over the place. How the fuck is that supposed to relate to Society Hill?
|The halfpipe on the right is what he was skating on. Pic from philart.net.|
|Aerial photo of the Enasserment from Bing.|