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Swann Memorial Fountain

1924

 

—Alexander Stirling Calder (1870-1945) —

 
Swann Memorial Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
1. Swann Memorial Fountain Marker
Inscription.
In the tradition of “river god” sculpture, three bronze figures of Native Americans symbolize Philadelphia waterways. The man represents the Delaware River. The mature woman is the Schuylkill River, and the young woman is the Wissahickon Creek.

The Philadelphia Fountain Society donated this masterpiece to the City of Philadelphia to honor the society’s founder, Dr. Wilson Cary Swann. Architect Wilson Eyre worked with sculptor Alexander Stirling Calder, whose father had created William Penn and other sculptures at City Hall. Notice the large swans – a pun on Dr. Swann’s name.
 
Location. 39° 57.476′ N, 75° 10.235′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Benjamin Franklin Parkway near Logan Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Heart of the Parkway (within shouting distance of this marker); US Sanitary Commission Great Central Fair (within shouting distance of this marker); Pope John Paul II (within shouting distance of this marker); 1914-1918 Tribute Trees
Swann Memorial Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
2. Swann Memorial Fountain
(within shouting distance of this marker); Meriwether Lewis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The City Plan of Philadelphia (about 300 feet away); All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors (about 400 feet away); Sister Cities Park (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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