• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

'Lines in Four Directions in Flowers' artwork planted



Conceptual Artist Sol LeWitt proposed the site-specific artwork Lines in Four Directions in Flowers to the Fairmount Park Art Association in 1981. That was long ago that the Fairmount Park Art Association is now the Association for Public Art and LeWitt did not live to see the work realized. But the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently adopted LeWitt's design, and installed it at Reilly Memorial near the musuem's sculpture garden. See the time-lapse video above to watch the installation process, start to finish.

LeWitt's monumental landscape work is comprised of four rectangular fields of flowering plants in white, yellow, red, and blue placed in precise, directional rows, surrounded by a low boxwood hedge. There are more than 7,000 plants, which were selected to bloom spring to fall in continual displays of color.

Susan Weiler, a partner at OLIN, helped the museum install the work with an assist from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associatses and Groundswell Design Group, which will maintain the installation for its two-year duration.

In today's Inquirer, Stephan Salisbury describes how this landscape artwork came to life so long after conception, opening to the public on Thursday.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

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