Happy Memorial Day, Streeters. We’re taking a long weekend and will be back first thing tomorrow morning with The Buzz. Enjoy the beautiful day.
In honor of this holiday of remembrance, here’s one of the loveliest memorials in the city: Paul Manship’s Aero Memorial (1948) in Aviator Park, across from the Franklin Institute. The Aero Memorial honors fallen World War I aviators with a beautiful gilded bronze celestial sphere featuring signs of the zodiac, sitting on top of a carved granite base. The idea for the memorial was first proposed by Aero Club of Pennsylvania during World War I. Fundraising too so long that the sculpture was not commissioned until 1939, and was not completed until after World War II. For more about this sculpture (and so many others) check out the Museum Without Walls audio tour.