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Positively Philadelphia: Springtime Spotlight on Public Artworks

(The Swann Memorial Fountain, in the center of Logan Circle, at 19th and Race Streets.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

(The Swann Memorial Fountain, in the center of Logan Circle, at 19th and Race Streets. File photo by John Ostapkovich)

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By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — “Site Seeing” is a month-long program in April from the Fairmount Park Art Association, to help the public rediscover public art.

“The programs will be launched on April 5th, with an evening of tango at the Swann Memorial Fountain [in top photo],” says executive director Penny Balkin Bach.

Why the tango?

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(Penny Balkin Bach. Photo provided)

“Because when the fountain was dedicated in 1924, there were tango dance parties along the Parkway,” Bach (right) says.

Can’t dance?  Bach says, grab a bike:

“There will be bicycle tours.   We are creating an outdoor sculpture bicycle map.”

How about a nice stroll along the Parkway?

“For two Saturdays along the Parkway, we’ll be putting giant balloons with helium floating above the sculptures, about a dozen sculptures along the Parkway.  These balloons will kind of be like a three-dimensional Google map.”

And the final program is at the “Iroquois” sculpture (below).  Lights will come down, flashlights will come up.

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(Mark di Suvero's sculpture, "Iroquois," on a lawn near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. File photo)

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“We invite people to come and bring their flashlights,” says Bach.  “And everybody will come and light it with their collective flashlights, a way, again, of calling attention to this incredible collection of outdoor sculpture which, I think, is Philadelphia’s most unrealized, unrecognized cultural asset.”

And that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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