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The Great Mother and The Great Doctor (1955) by Waldemar Raemisch

Created by Waldemar Raemisch to represent the “spirit of juveniles,” The Great Mother and The Great Doctor were originally commissioned for a juvenile detention facility and were moved to the School of the Future in West Fairmount Park in August, 2008.

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Major General George Gordon Meade (1887) by Alexander Milne Calder

Built in memory of the Union general who defeated Lee at Gettysburg, this monument was sculpted by Alexander Milne Calder in 1887, also responsible for the iconic William Penn statue atop Philadelphia’s City Hall.

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Memorial Hall – Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum, Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA, United States

In 1876, the Centennial Exhibition, the first major World’s Fair held in the United States, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Pavilion in the Trees (1993) by Martin Puryear

Martin Puryear’s Pavilion in the Trees is an amenity located near the Horticulture Center in West Fairmount Park. A 60 foot walkway leads across a natural basin to an observation platform—a square deck covered by a latticed canopy—that rises twenty-four feet above the ground

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Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Shofuso in its present incarnation was built in Nagoya, Japan in 1953, using traditional materials and techniques, exhibited at MoMA as part of “The House in the Museum Garden” series, and moved to the temple gate site in Philadelphia when the exhibition closed in 1958.

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Mann Music Center

With great live music and beautiful views of the Philadelphia skyline, The Mann Center serves more than 180,000 patrons annually, presenting diverse musical genres including classical, pop, jazz, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, indie, and country.

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