Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy announce that the LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana will return for public viewing in early 2018. City officials have decided to delay its return to better accommodate the conservation schedule and tight construction timeline for the park project. Love Park, also known as JFK Plaza, will have a soft opening for the holidays featuring the return of Christmas Village later this month.
“We realize that the return of the LOVE sculpture to the park is highly-anticipated and we are working bring it back as soon as possible, ” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. “Our top priority has been to work with our project partners at InterPark and their contractors to ensure the park is ready to receive the Christmas Village in time for its installation in the next two weeks. However, the return of the LOVE sculpture will not be far behind.”
Also, during the restoration of the LOVE sculpture, an important detail about the piece came to light. The artist’s agent notified the City that the piece was originally painted red, green and purple when it was installed in 1976, not the red, green and blue that it has been for many years. The correct color information has been provided to the conservators, and the City is working with the artist’s representatives to shepherd this restoration.
In addition to restoring the sculpture, OACCE is designing a new, rectangular pedestal in keeping with the way his other works, like the AMOR sculpture, are displayed.
“While the artist Robert Indiana created numerous versions of LOVE, Philadelphia’s sculpture was the only version that he painted in the purple color,” said Margot Berg, Public Art Director for the City’s Office of Arts and Culture. “Singular and unique to Philadelphia, we have even more reasons to love our LOVE and we are thrilled to restore it to the artist’s original intent. The additional time will allow the sculpture’s paint to cure properly so that it can withstand the elements for many years.”
Soon after its installation in the park, the City will host a celebration for the LOVE sculpture’s return, during which officials will also announce a new sponsor for the LOVE Sculpture Plaza. A grand re-opening celebration for the park will happen in Spring 2018.
Dilworth Plaza's Christmas Light Show - Center City District in collaboration with 6abc will create a new holiday season attraction for visitors to experience - an animated light show, synchronized with holiday music and projected on Philadelphia’s National Historic Landmark, City Hall - Deck the Hall Light Show presented by Independence Blue Cross. This choreographed light show will be presented multiple times nightly, seven days a week, highlighting the architecture of the west portal of City Hall and visible from Dilworth Park and along West Market Street.
Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Plaza at Dilworth Park will open Friday, November 10, 2017, with a salute to veterans. This winter season at Dilworth Park is supported by Live Nation, Temple University, Capital One and 6abc. Welcoming more than 60,000 skaters last season, the Rothman Ice Rink will open this year in time to celebrate winter in the heart of the city.
America’s Garden Capital Maze Dilworth Plaza, a holiday-inspired garden created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens and supported by Temple University Ambler. Located on the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn, children and adults will delight in discovering picture-perfect moments amid holiday topiaries, twinkling lights, and seasonal plants that showcase more than 30 public gardens, arboreta, and historic landscapes located within 30 miles of Philadelphia, giving Philadelphia the distinction of America's Garden Capital.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Plaza will open again this year at the southern end of Dilworth Park, featuring local artisans, designers and crafters offering unique selections for gifts. The market was conceived and designed to complement the Christmas Village in Philadelphia. The market opens Saturday, November 18, 2017, with special hours on Thanksgiving Day and extended hours on Black Friday, and closes Monday, January 1, 2018.
Join SEPTA and Center City District for Santa Express, with fun-filled holiday train rides and a festive parade to welcome Santa Claus to Dilworth Park at City Hall. Festivities will also include skating with Santa at the Rothman Ice Rink. Kick off the season on Friday, November 24, 2017, and spend the day in Philadelphia visiting the city’s boutiques on this shoppers’ holiday. Dilworth Park has convenient access to SEPTA’s Broad Street, Market-Frankford and Trolley Lines.