PAFA Lenfest Plaza

PAFA Lenfest Plaza Located between PAFA's Historic Landmark and Samuel M.V. Hamilton buildings, the plaza was constructed in 2011 and is open year-round.

Designed by internationally renowned landscape architecture firm OLIN, Lenfest Plaza offers an inviting civic space for visitors to Philadelphia, city residents, students, museum goers and art lovers. It features a three-part serpentine bench, mosaic pavers, plantings, and rotating works of emerging and established artists in an urban setting. Lenfest Plaza is located directly across from the entr

ance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. More than a destination and gathering place, the plaza also connects convention-goers and the public on North Broad Street with the museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway: the Barnes Foundation, the Academy of Natural Sciences, The Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lenfest Plaza is made possible by a generous gift from Marguerite and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest with additional financial support from the City of Philadelphia and many other generous patrons. The project holds special significance to Marguerite Lenfest, a PAFA board member. Marguerite’s grandfather was a student at PAFA, and her great-great-grandfather, a painter, exhibited here. Project Team:
OLIN, David A. Rubin – Design partner Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
Claes Oldenburg – Artist, Paint Torch
Jordan Griska – Artist, Grumman Greenhouse
Kreysler & Associates – Paint Torch fabricator
Jen Lewin – Consultant for LED lighting inside Paint Torch
INTECH – General Contractor
Becker & Frondorf – Project Manager
Saylor Gregg Architects – Architect
CVM Facilities Renewal – Structural Consultant
Marvin Waxman Consulting Engineers, Inc. – Mechanical/Electrical Consultant
Hunt Engineering Company – Civil Engineer
The Lighting Practice – Lighting Design Consultant



118-128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA


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Nearby museums


Our city is full of iconic sculptures. Many of us gather round at our favorite ones to snap a picture for social media or check in. Here are some of my favorite thought- provoking sculptures around town.

1️⃣LOVE Sculpture:
One of the most famous by far, this beauty stands boldly in LOVE park. You will see many in line for a picture perfect moment. Center City
2️⃣Paint Torch:
Built in 2010, this piece sits in front of PAFA The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts . This tall paint brush will cause you to stop and stare. PAFA Alumni PAFA Lenfest Plaza
3️⃣Clothespin Sculpture:
One of the more awestruck of the art around the city. This piece stands in Center City directly across from Philadelphia City Hall and Dilworth Park. I guarantee it has shown up in your pictures around here. Dilworth Park Café
Which sculpture is your favorite?

The Grumman Greenhouse - Philadelphia, Pa - 27 May 2017

Having some fun shooting with an Ultra Wide Angle lens. Capturing a very interesting piece of street art, located in Lenfest Plaza, next to The Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. A full-sized Navy S2F Grumman combat plane, has been twisted to resemble the moment of impact at Broad and Cherry streets. Created by Artist Jordan Griska. Enjoy!

Canon5DMarkIII, 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 250, 11mm (EF 11-24mm f/4L USM) in-camera HDR, 3 images, CCLR6 processed with NIK Color Efex Pro 2.
Hope you and Val had a fun day riding the bike and at the Lenfest.