Pulse, a specially commissioned work of public art created by internationally recognized artist Janet Echelman will be integrated into the programmable fountain at Dilworth Park and will trace the path of trains traveling on the three lines below the park in real time, coded to the colors associated with each transit line. Thin columns of dry mist will emanate from the fountain, evoking the steam that rose from the city's first water- pumping station that was located on this site as well as the steam from the trains at the Pennsylvania Railroad Station that was located across the street. Echelman's use of dry mist enables people to walk through the installation without getting wet. A description of the installation, including a simulation of this work of art, entitled Pulse, can be found by clicking here.
Alexander Milne Calder was commissioned to produce the more than 250 architectural sculptures in marble and bronze which adorn Philadelphia’s City Hall, including the 36 foot tall bronze statue of William Penn that crowns the building’s tower.
For more information about Philadelphia’s City Hall visit the City Hall Tour Information Center in Room 121 or phila.gov. For architectural walking tours presented by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, visit preservationalliance.com.