Origin - Philadelphia, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 58.026 W 075° 10.925
18S E 484449 N 4424121
Welcome to the Anne D'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden, home of many abstract sculptures. This is one of the smaller sculptures and one of the first to be seen when traveling down the steps form the West side of the Art Museum.
Waymark Code: WMDXKQ
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 03/07/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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The sculpture looks like an amorphous blob (on a concrete pad) about to transform into something else, as though it is giving life to something new. Perhaps this was the reason for the name. The 'blob' leans into one direction very subtly as though it is tranforming. The top is very smooth and shiny which gives way to a rough bottom which looks pitted (intentionally). The bottom looks like the original form of the granite before the sculptors hands changed it into art. The sculpture is of black granite, and sculpted in 1968 by Isamu Noguchi, an American sculpture (1904 - 1988). The sculpture was sponsored by the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. There are a few other works here the sculpture garden by Noguchi as well.

If you have a phone you can dial (267) 519-5646 to get audio information on the sculpture. Dial extension 252 if you are an adult and 253 if you are a kid. The sculpture is about 10 feet or so from the grass line and the metal marker which explains the art is where the grass line meets the asphalt path.

Some excellent information about the artist can be found HERE.

Title: Origin

Artist: Isamu Noguchi

Media (materials) used: black granite

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Anne D'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden

Date of creation or placement: 1968

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