Monument Lab Installation Continues Through the Weekend at City Hall

03 Jun 2015


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.


A senior from Masterman High School performs at the opening of Monument Lab, at Terry Adkins' temporary monument in City Hall Courtyard. Photo by Lisa Boughter.


The crowd at the opening of Monument Lab, at Terry Adkins' temporary monument in City Hall Courtyard. Photo by Lisa Boughter.

Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia, a Center-supported public art and urban research project, continues in the courtyard of Philadelphia's City Hall through this Sunday, June 7. Organized by the Penn Institute for Urban Research (IUR) and curators A. Will Brown, Paul Farber, and Ken Lum, the project centers around a temporary monument designed by the late, award-winning artist and University of Pennsylvania professor Terry Adkins. Along with a nearby storefront "lab" space and a series of public conversations, the monument serves as a meeting place for community exchange around a guiding question: What is an appropriate monument for Philadelphia today?

Through Sunday, Philadelphians are invited to visit the lab and submit their monument design ideas. View the community-sourced map and visitors' design sketches on the Monument Lab website here.

Remaining free, noontime courtyard talks will be held on:
Thursday, June 4—with Haverford College's Helen White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and William Williams, Professor of Photography
Friday, June 5—with Jane Golden, Executive Director of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Connor Barwin, Philadelphia Eagles Outside Linebacker and Executive Director and Founder of Make the World Better Project
Saturday, June 6 from Noon–3pm—with The Philadelphia Inquirer's architecture critic Inga Saffron, the Ambler Arts Collective, and others.

At the launch on May 15 (pictured above) several community leaders spoke about the project and its aims. Project partner Mural Arts' Jane Golden addressed the need to amplify less visible voices against the well-known historical backdrop of Philadelphia, while State Representative Brian Sims suggested more representation of women and the diversity of the city's residents in municipal monuments.

Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean of PennDesign, spoke in remembrance of Terry Adkins, who was an advocate for the importance of education and who designed the gathering place-like monument now on view at City Hall. To commemorate the opening and dedicate the new temporary structure, Masterman High School seniors Atamoshi and Atamanu Hagins played a violin duet.

Learn more about the project on the Monument Lab *website.*