The Dream Garden, Maxfield Parrish & Louis C. Tiffany

At the turn of the last century, Publisher Cyrus Curtis wanted his new company headquarters to be distinctive in a city of other notable buildings, so he hired the popular artist Maxfield Parrish to create a design for the entrance lobby. Glass master Louis Comfort Tiffany was asked to translate Parrish’s concept into a glass mosaic mural 15 x 49 feet wide. The collaboration between these reknowned artists resulted in a breathtaking work composed of hundreds of thousands of colored glass tiles that mesmerizes all who see it.

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Homage to Performing Art, Harry Bertoia

The great sound art sculptor and modern furniture designer, Harry Bertoia, created his hanging sculpture Homage to Performing Art from 450 individual bronze rods and several bronze discs. The structure is suspended in the main lobby of The Annenberg Center, where it spans two floors and can be viewed from multiple angles. Over time, the bronze rods had tarnished and dust and grime had accumulated, dulling the overall effect of the spectacular piece.

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Pegasus, Vincent Pilz

In 1863, Austrian sculptor Vincent Pilz created Pegasus Tamed by the Muses Erato and Calliope, a pair of bronze sculptures, for the Vienna Opera House. However, the sculptures were deemed to be out-of-scale with the building, and the government ordered them to be removed and melted down. Instead, the pieces were purchased by Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist Robert H. Gratz for the newly-formed Fairmount Park, who shipped them to America in pieces in 1871. In 1876, the massive sculptures were installed in front of Memorial Hall in time for the Centennial Exposition.

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