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Lenfest Plaza’s Paint Torch Sculpture Erected Saturday In Center City

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 51-foot sculpture was installed Saturday that will light the way for a public space project that will soon open.

The Lenfest Plaza, a public space in-between the two buildings of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on North Broad, has been in the works for over a decade now.

It will soon be a reality and its centerpiece will be a 51-foot paint torch designed by world-renowned artist Claes Oldenburg.

“This is one of four sculptures that I’m lucky to have in Philadelphia.”

One of the others is the clothespin in Center City. Oldenburg talks about his towering new piece of work.

“It’s sort of between a torch and a paint brush, which is often the way I work; with two identities.”

The top of the paint torch will be lit from the outside and from within.

You’ll be able to walk through the plaza within the next few weeks but the official opening festivities and torch lighting will be on Saturday, October 1st.

Reported By Tim Jimenez, KYW Newsradio