The Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden
The Museum’s one-acre, terraced Sculpture Garden presents a beautiful outdoor setting for the appreciation of art, an inviting space for both casual passersby and devoted art lovers. Gracefully integrated into the existing landscape, the Sculpture Garden extends the Museum’s vast galleries to the outdoors while strengthening its connections to the city of Philadelphia and Fairmount Park. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Sculpture Garden is dedicated to the Museum’s late director Anne d’Harnoncourt (1943–2008), whose passion for art and Philadelphia informed everything that happened at the Museum during her tenure (1982–2008). Sculptural in form and design, the Garden is divided into five sections: the Upper Terrace, the Lower Terrace, two graveled galleries, and a paved plaza. Works include Claes Oldenburg’s iconic Giant Three-Way Plug (Cube Tap), presented to the Museum by Geraldine and David N. Pincus in memory of Anne d’Harnoncourt. Also installed are a large-scale sculpture of a whale’s tail, entitled Flukes, by Gordon Gund; two concrete block sculptures by Sol LeWitt, Steps (Philadelphia) and Pyramid (Philadelphia); a granite bench and table as well as a marble chair by Scott Burton; Steel Woman II by Thomas Schütte; and a remarkable work made of weathering steel by Ellsworth Kelly entitled Curve I from 1973. The Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden was designed by OLIN landscape architects working with Atkin Olshin Schade Architects. It received official commendation from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency for its environmentally friendly design.