The crowd gathers at the late Terry Adkins' temporary monument in City Hall Courtyard, on the opening day of Monument Lab. Photo by Lisa Boughter.
Monument Lab hosts a public conversation, on the ways in which architecture and public art tell the story of the city, with Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron, the Amber Arts Collective, and more.
Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia is a public art and urban research project taking place at City Hall in the spring of 2015. Through a series of art installations, public events, and community-sourced maps, the project asks a central guiding question: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? The project includes an innovative research pavilion at City Hall, a prototype monument by artist Terry Adkins, and free dialogues led by Philadelphia artists and critical thinkers using William Penn's iconic plan for the city's five public squares as inspiration. Monument Lab also precedes a planned Philadelphia monuments festival, to take place in 2017.