PAFA Announces Claes Oldenburg Sculpture Commission for Lenfest Plaza


PHILADELPHIA< PA.- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has commissioned world-renowned artist Claes Oldenburg to create a new public artwork for its Lenfest Plaza. The design consists of a 53 foot high sculpture in the form of a paintbrush, raised at a 60 degree angle as if in the act of painting, with a dollop of paint on the ground below. The sculpture is positioned between PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building and the Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building. Oldenburg’s monumental paintbrush points to the growth and vitality of American art, while celebrating a milestone in the history of the Academy. “Philadelphia has a distinguished history as a leader in public art, and PAFA is proud to add to that cultural distinction,” remarked David R. Brigham, PAFA’s President and CEO. “The City is also known for its concentration of artworks by such great artists as Charles Willson Peale, Thomas Eakins, Paul Cezanne, Constantin Brancusi,