Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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144 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 146 Philadelphia Continued from page 142 Bell, visit To find out more about Independence Hall, visit If you are looking for more unique offerings of American history, stop by the Museum of the American Revolution. It houses artifacts from the first American war that have been preserved since the battlefields of the Revolution, as well as items owned and used by George Washington, Patrick Henry, Marquis de Lafayette and others. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and general admission tickets are $19. www. You could also enjoy a fresh look at history in the fresh air at the President's House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation. In view of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the open-air Independence National Historical Park is located at the site of the first executive mansion that housed the first two U.S. presidents. The exhibit is free and is open 24 hours, allowing for quiet contemplation and reflection as visitors explore the paradox of American slavery and freedom while viewing illustrated Above: Philadelphia's iconic Liberty Bell bears an engraved quote, "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." Each day, hundreds of visitors freely pass by those words and consider what liberty and freedom mean to them. Just across the street, in the background, can be seen Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. PHOTO: M. FISCHETTI FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA Right: Rocky, the iconic movie written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, is set in Philadelphia. Most people who have seen the film will remember the scene in which Rocky triumphantly reaches the top of the steps leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This famous statue depicting the fictitious fighter stands within view of the museum, with arms held aloft in representation of an unbreakable spirit. PHOTO: J. SMITH FOR GPTMC glass panels, timelines and video re-enactments. The site features structural fragments of the home where Presidents Washington and Adams lived during their terms that were unearthed at the location in 2007. Philadelphia has a long artistic tradition, and is home to several premier art collections. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has holdings of Renaissance, American, Impressionist and Modern art. If you wish to get a two-for-one deal, you can also snap a picture of yourself on the steps of the museum – the very same steps featured so memorably in Rocky when Sylvester Stallone reaches the top as "Eye of the Tiger" plays. You do not have to stay inside to enjoy some of the art offered by the museum. The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts a one-acre sculpture garden, which is divided into five sections: the Upper Terrace, the Lower Terrace, two graveled galleries and a paved plaza. Designed by OLIN landscape architects and featuring works from artists such as Scott Burton, Claes Oldenburg and Gordon Gund, the Sculpture Garden was built in order to strengthen the bond between the museum and the city. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8:45 p.m. on Fridays. General admission is $20. www.

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