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Monument Lab: Report to the City

Thursday, January 3, 2019
Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA

Paul Farber
Ken Lum
Jane Golden

Monument Lab: Report to the City
Monument Lab is a public art and history project based in Philadelphia that comprises a team of curators, artists, scholars and students. Over the last several years, Monument Lab has organized several major public art interventions that asked: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? The prompt fueled a citywide exhibition in 2017 presented with Mural Arts Philadelphia, featuring the installation of 20 prototype monuments in public squares and neighborhood parks, joined by learning labs staffed by youth research teams. Out of this exhibition, we just released our Report to the City, a reflection on nearly 4,500 public monument proposals gathered at the labs with insights into how public participants imagined new monuments. The key priorities reflected in the proposals: Rethinking common knowledge, craving representation, seeking connection with others, and reflecting on process and power. Hear more about this project and next steps from Monument Lab curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum and Mural Arts Program's Jane Golden.