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In operation for more than 30 years, the Gross McCleaf Art Gallery caters to those who prefer pieces that are geared more toward contemporary realism than abstract work from local and regional artists. Gross McCleaf Gallery carries an extensive inventory that is rotated around three locations.
This little hollow across from City Hall is most noteworthy for Robert Indiana's 1978 "Love" sculpture. The piece has become a popular symbol for the "City of Brotherly Love" and its image is plastered all over the city. It's 20-foot-tall appeal lies in its simplicity: The letters L, O, V, E, stacked on top of each other. During a usual lunch hour the park attracts an odd combination of Armani clad businesspeople and skateboarders who skinny-dip their modes of transport in this concrete pond. They're actually fun to watch.
Downtown Philadelphia situated in the heart of the city is one of the most populated downtown areas in the country. Commercial buildings, high-end hotels, schools, churches, town hall, restaurants, cafes and bars are found in abundance here making it popular amongst local and foreign tourists. The many tall skyscrapers at Downtown Philadelphia like the BNY Mellon Center, Liberty Place and Comcast tower are amongst the tallest in the state and adds to the beautiful skyline of the city. The popular neighborhoods here include Chinatown, Fitler Square, Logan Square And Market East amongst many others.
In the 19th century, the Academy was the American equivalent of the best European art schools. A host of genres and mediums from the most prominent names in American art are constantly on display, with new pieces rotating their way into the collection. Some of America's best artists either taught or were students here, including Thomas Eakins and Mary Cassatt. The building itself is a work of art designed by Frank Furness, an influential 19th-century American architect.
Philadelphia Center for Architecture gives you a chance to learn about the city's magnificent architecture through guided tours. Throughout the tour, their learned guides will acquaint you with the architectural styles that were used in the construction of PA Academy of the Arts, Reading Terminal, City Hall, the Wanamaker building, the Union League Building and Comcast Center, with comparisons drawn from architecture in Chicago and New York. The tour also talks about the city's transportation and planning, and lets you enjoy a bird's-eye view of the historic city from certain platforms.