Civic Conversation about Monuments Begins in Philadelphia with Monument Lab

The public art and history project aims to engage artists and the public in a conversation about monuments.
Screen Shot,, Sept. 13, 2017

What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? Residents of and visitors to the city will give their answers September 16 to November 19 during Monument Lab, a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia.

As part of the project, curators Paul M. Farber and Ken Lum selected more than twenty contemporary artists to design temporary monuments using the central question, “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?”  The artists responses range from one-night performances to experimental sound design, from interactive pedestals to apps. Each monument can be experienced in a public park or square in various Philadelphia neighborhoods. Additionally, Monument Lab staff will engage with the public through interactive pop-up “laboratories” at each monument site. During open hours, staff will be present at all labs to distribute information, answer questions, prompt participation, and collect proposals for monuments from members of the public. Proposals will be on display at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

A full schedule of events and a map are available at the Monument Lab website.