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Open Installation: Kaitlin Pomerantz, On the Threshold (Salvaged Stoops)

You’re invited to a sneak peek of Washington Square’s installation of the Monument Lab sculpture project from Philadelphia artist Kaitlin Pomerantz, On the Threshold (Salvaged Stoops, Philadelphia). We welcome you to stop by from 1–3 p.m. and learn more about the craftsmanship and traditional construction techniques being used to fully realize the project.

About On the Threshold (Salvaged Stoops, Philadelphia)

Kaitlin Pomerantz’s On the Threshold (Salvaged Stoops, Philadelphia) is a monument to a beloved symbol of Philadelphia neighborhood culture: the stoop, or step(s), as it is known in South Philadelphia. As Pomerantz writes, the stoop or step is “a threshold between private and public space...[it] functions as a site of social interaction, of relaxation, and of participation.” Responding to recent immense change and transformation across city neighborhoods, Pomerantz sought to intercept historic building materials that would otherwise end up in the waste stream. Over the past six months, she collected marble, concrete, and brick from recently demolished buildings. The stoop materials have been reconstructed on-site using historical and traditional masonry techniques, and now line the east side of Washington Square Park, creating an opportunity for sitting, gathering, and reflecting on Philadelphia’s past and its future. Washington Square Park’s history as both a public gathering place and unmarked cemetery sparked the idea for the project, which stimulates conversation about architectural and individual memory.

Project partners: Independence National Historic Park Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers Local 1 PA/DE International Masonry Institute Williamson College of the Trades