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Sol LeWitt: Lines in Four Directions in Flowers
May 24, 2012 - April 5, 2015
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Sol LeWitt: Lines in Four Directions in Flowers
May 24, 2012 - April 5, 2015
In 1981, leading conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) was invited by the Fairmount Park Art Association (currently known as the Association for Public Art) to propose a public artwork for a site in Fairmount Park. He selected the long, rectangular plot of land known as the Reilly Memorial and submitted a drawing with instructions. Installed thirty years after its conception, Lines in Four Directions in Flowers is a work of monumental scale, made up of more than 7,000 plantings arranged in strategically configured rows. In his original proposal, the artist describes an installation of flower plantings of "four different colors (white, yellow, red & blue) in four equal rectangular areas, in rows of four directions (vertical, horizontal, diagonal right & left) framed by evergreen hedges of about 2’ height. In the winter the rows of plants would retain their linear direction, in the summer the flowers would bloom and provide the color."

Sol LeWitt: Lines in Four Directions in Flowers will be on view over the next two years at its intended site, with perennial flowers blooming throughout the horticultural season. Landscape architecture and urban design firm OLIN was responsible for overseeing the interpretation and execution of LeWitt's design. Groundswell Design Group, LLC, a landscape architect design-and-build firm, planted the flowers, which were grown at the Perennial Farm in Glen Arm, Maryland. Groundswell will maintain the garden throughout the duration of its two-year installation.

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Sol LeWitt: Lines in Four Directions in Flowers was made possible by a generous grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts and executed in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt.

The landscape design was conceived by OLIN, based on the artist’s 1981 proposal to the Fairmount Park Art Association, and carried out by Groundswell Design Group, LLC.


Carlos Basualdo • The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art
Alice Beamesderfer • Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions


William M. Reilly Memorial at Fairmount Park, adjacent to the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden