A Juggling Sculpture Above Entrance of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

I took this photo of The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts today from my car window. I was driving down Broad Street, the light turned red, and I was able to get the photo of the unique, brick building which is a historic landmark.

It was designed by Frank Furness who designed over 600 buildings, primarily in the Philadelphia region.

In 1876, when America celebrated its centennial, the doors opened at PAFA. It’s considered one of the finest examples of Victorian, Venetian Gothic architecture in the United States.

The roofline has red and black brick, diamond-shaped patterning, floral motifs and a bas-relief frieze depicting famous artists from the past.

Isn’t the 16-foot sculpture above the entrance extra special? It’s called “Young Punch Juggling” by New Haven-based artist Robert Taplin. (It was installed in 2013.) If you enlarge the photo, you’ll see Punch juggling objects from different time periods. When Furness designed the steel-trussed building in 1875, he included a sculpture platform over the front door.

3 thoughts on “A Juggling Sculpture Above Entrance of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

  1. You have to go inside the building and, see the art that they have inside.
    The inside is as beautiful as the inside.
    We have lots of unique buildings in the city of Philadelphia and, most of them are in the older neighborhoods.Such a shame that they are tearing alot of them down or they are are being renovated to the point that all of the charm is being removed.
    Thanks for posting this picture.
    BTY did you see the airplane on the side street?
    If you are driving south on 15th Street there is a small street that runs east-west next to the Academy that they have an airplain with the tail up in the street.
    Pretty cool.

    1. No, I didn’t see the airplane. Thank you for telling me, I’ll check it out when I go back in the city next week. We lived in Philadelphia for a year many years ago. Yesterday, I said to myself a few times, “Where did that building come from?”

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