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  • October 26, 2022

A rendering of the Calder Gardens’ “Parkway Garden.”

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Alexander Calder
wanted those who saw and experienced his art to understand themselves better, not just notice “some pretty shapes that move in space, flashing colors,” says his grandson,
Alexander S.C. Rower.

The design for the Calder Gardens site on the
Benjamin Franklin
Parkway in downtown Philadelphia, which was unveiled by its board of trustees early Wednesday, was created to achieve that goal, with native gardens and light-filled spaces that should gently nudge even its most preoccupied future visitors to take in and appreciate the

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