Philadelphia has been called the "Paris of America", a title bestowed with at least some merit as this city has a storied artistic history. Some of the nation's most reknowned institutions for theater, art and music call this city home. Beyond them, however, is the 'everyday' art - the sculptures, the murals - that adorn countless Philadelphia streets and squares and one aspect of that public art that stays remarkably well under the radar are the city's fountains.
Grand and inconspicuous, from University City to Passyunk Square, Philadelphia is a city that offers no shortage of water displays. Being founded on a neck of land between two great rivers and owing its success and stature to its proximity to waterways, it should come as no surprise that this city is rife with them.
I spent a week hitting up as many of them as I could name and still fell far short and made some notable omissions. There will be a Round 2 next spring, I promise. There will be new fountains next year.
For now, fountains by name, location and neighborhood.
1835 Market Street (Market West)
at Philadelphia Museum Of Art (Fairmount)
Bell Atlantic Tower Fountain (Logan Square)
Chestnut Park (Rittenhouse Square)
Curtis Center Fountain Court (Washington Square)
Dilworth Plaza Fountain (Market West)
City Hall Fountain (Market West)
Main Quad Fountain at Drexel University (University City)
Captain John Ericcson Fountain (Fairmount)
Voyage Of Ulysses
at The Byrne/Green Federal Complex (Market East)
Fitler Square Fountain (Fitler Square)
Franklin Square Fountain (Callowhill)
Tuscan Girl Fountain (Logan Square)
Headhouse Square Fountain (Society Hill)
Linpro Fountain (Market West)
Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Fountain (Penn Center)
Magnolia Garden Fountain (Society Hill)
Italian Fountain (Passyunk Square)
Penn's Landing Fountains (Old City)
Vernon & Shirley Hill Pavilion Fountain (University City)
The Philadelphian Fountain (Fairmount)
Rodin Museum Reflecting Pool (Logan Square)
Rittenhouse Square Fountain (Rittenhouse Square)
Duck Girl (Rittenhouse Square)
Swann Memorial Fountain (Logan Square)
Boxwood Garden Fountain (Society Hill)
Washington Square Fountain (Washington Square)
Water Works Fountain (Fairmount)
Mellon Bank Center Winter Garden Fountains (Penn Center)
That's it. Stay wet.