Public Art


If you travel up the Delaware past the failed condos south of Sugar House Casino, past Penn Treaty Park, past the PECO power station and the overgrown weed-filled lots to the north, you'll find a grouping of cars parked outside a overgrown single lane road with a chain preventing access. Park there and follow the road. You'll find a wonderfully odd amalgam of grit, grime, graffiti, and groups of people that have claimed a forgotten space as their own.

David Rittenhouse, many of many talents

In prior vignettes on the Square I've spoken predominantly about how the periphery influences the core. In this post we'll delve right into the heart of the Square and its very identity. Where Is David Rittenhouse?

Despite the popularity of Rittenhouse Square and its inclusion in 2010’s Top 10 public spaces in the United States, the square all but ignores the man after who it is named.  Philadelphia is of eminent importance within American history, and we all know Philadelphia’s adopted son Ben Franklin (BF was born in Boston). But David Rittenhouse, despite his many accomplishments in life, is underrepresented in our consciousness of early Philadelphia, and early America. 

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