“Air” Installed By The Schuylkill

 

"'Air' by sculptor Walker Hancock is on display at the Schuylkill Banks at the Cherry Street overlook after 15 years in a city storage facility." | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

“‘Air’ by sculptor Walker Hancock is on display at the Schuylkill Banks at the Cherry Street overlook after 15 years in a city storage facility.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

  • Walker Hancock, the longtime head of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ sculpture department, and the derivation of John Goodman’s character in last year’s The Monument Men, has had his “Air” restored and erected on the banks of the Schuylkill near Cherry Street, says NewsWorks. Originally installed at the Civic Center in 1979, “Air”—in which that element’s personification levitates above a cloudy globe—has sat in storage since the Civic Center’s demolition in 1999.
  • Generocity.org explains how the Commerce Department’s Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) is now threatened by the reinterpretation of a Great Depression-era federal regulation, that Tacony CDC executive director Alex Balloon says have in some instances more than tripled the cost of improving storefronts. For this reason, “Councilman Bobby Henon is currently circulating a petition to build support for local funding.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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