Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—Dudley Talcott (1899-1986) —
Polish astronomer Mikolaj Kopernik, known to English speakers as Nikolaus Copernicus, was the first to propose the earth revolves around the sun. In the 1500’s when the earth was thought to be the center of the universe, this was a revolutionary idea.
The 16-foot outer circle represents the earth’s orbit, and the inner disks symbolize the sun sending out its rays of light. The supporting structure suggests instruments that Kopernik used. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of his birth, the local Polish American community commissioned this stainless steel sculpture and donated it to the City of Philadelphia.
Erected by Museum Without Walls. (Marker Number 6.)
Location. 39° 57.412′ N, 75° 10.124′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Race Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, on the right when traveling west on Race Street. 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. General Tadeusz Kosciuszko (within shouting distance of this marker); Sister Cities Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Power And Politics Archeology (about 400 feet away); Pope John Paul II (about 400 feet away); Friends Select School (about 400 feet away); Three Disks, One Lacking (about 600 feet away); The Heart of the Parkway (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
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