Skip to content
Link copied to clipboard

Painterly plop has shiny new glow

The dollop of paint that is part of the Claes Oldenburg sculpture on Broad Street does look a lot less like poop now that it has a shiny new coat of orange paint.

But why was the sculpture repainted? To make it less tempting to those who saw it and felt an urge to find a large plastic bag to scoop it up?

No, it was scuffed and dirtied, mostly by skateboarders, said Heike Rass, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, whose buildings bracket Lenfest Plaza, home to the sculpture.

Thank you, @jeff_deeney, for pointing it out!

Click here for's politics page.