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Museum Without Walls: Philadelphians talk public art in this audio tour

Started in 2010 by the Association for Public Art, The Museum Without Walls recently added 30 more audio programs to its collection, including talks about the big "Clothespin" near City Hall, Roy Lichtenstein's "Brushtroke Group" at 17th and Market and a sculpture called "Duck Girl" in Rittenhouse Square. The audio programs offer personal recollections about each piece of art from artists and Philadelphians alike.

Fingerspan on the Wissahickon Creek Trail is one of Philly's many public art pieces. Photo by Wayne Cozzolino, courtesy Association for Public Art.

What was artist Jody Pinto thinking when she built “Fingerspan,” a covered bridge art installation along the Wissahickon Creek Trail?

Hear it straight from Pinto herself as part of The Museum Without Walls: AUDIO, an audio tour of more than 60 public art pieces in Philadelphia — sculptures and figures you might walk by every day but not quite think of as art.

Started in 2010 by the Association for Public Art, The Museum Without Walls recently added 30 more audio programs to its collection, including talks about the big “Clothespin” near City Hall, Roy Lichtenstein‘s “Brushtroke Group” at 17th and Market and a sculpture called “Duck Girl” in Rittenhouse Square. The audio programs offer personal recollections about each piece of art from artists and Philadelphians alike.

“Even when you come many times, you still get that little leap in your heart,” curator Julie Courtney said about visiting Fingerspan on the Wissahickon Creek Trail.

There’s a few ways you can experience The Museum Without Walls:

  • call the number on the signs nearby public art pieces
  • visit the website, which offers online audio slideshows and downloads of each program
  • download the official Museum Without Walls mobile app, available on iOS and Android

You can also submit your own stories and photos to The Museum Without Walls on its website.

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