The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s Percent for Art Program (OACCE), Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the East Park Leadership and Conservation Center are excited to announce the installation of The Discovery Center Gates, a new site-specific public artwork by Philadelphia-based artist blacksmith Warren Holzman.
The Discovery Center Gates are a set of decorative steel gates that will welcome the public to The Discovery Center. The artwork consists of forged and fabricated weathering steel gates, visually comprised of a single repeating motif that alludes to common forms found in the adjacent Strawberry Mansion Reservoir, varying from native plants to resident and migratory bird species.
Mr. Holzman states, “The interlocking forms inspired by the reservoir transform singular units into a greater whole. This is a purposeful parallel to the collective effort of the organizations – the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Audubon Society, the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, and the City of Philadelphia – that worked to establish The Discovery Center.”
The press is invited to attend and cover the installation process on Wednesday, September 19 between 3:00-4:00 p.m. This installation will precede The Discovery Center’s official ribbon cutting on Friday, September 28 and a community Discovery Day celebration on Saturday, September 29.