Stroke of genius: Giant paintbrush Philadelphia’s newest public sculpture

    A giant 51-foot paintbrush, complete with a six-foot paint glob has become Philadelphia’s latest public sculpture, courtesy of artist Claes Oldenburg.

    On Saturday, beginning at 5 a.m. in the morning, construction workers carefully installed the tall structure at Lenfest Plaza, between the two Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts buildings.

    Workers planned to install the sculpture in 14 hour-by-hour steps through 7 p.m. Saturday night.

    The sculpture marks the first of Oldenburg’s large-scale work to incorporate light sources.  It is the city’s fourth public sculpture.

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