Walking by The Franklin Institute the other day, I stumbled across this gem—the Phanatic dressed as Ben Franklin. Fun idea, I thought. Very "Philly." Then I walked along Love Park and saw another Phanatic statue. Hmm… interesting. There seemed to be a trend. So I did some research.
Visit Philly and the Phillies teamed up and recently launched the “Phanantic Around Town” public art project. The project is geared toward both tourists and Phillies fans, featuring 20 custom designed Phillie Phanantic statues placed at 20 visitor friendly locations around city. In addition to Love Park and The Franklin Institute, some of the other main tourists attractions where you can find these creative Phanatic statues are City Hall, Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia Zoo, Please Touch Museum, Kimmel Center, National Constitution Center, among others.
The Phillie Phanatic is the first Major League Baseball mascot to be a part of a public arts project. How great is that?!! These fiberglass statues stand five feet tall and weight 100 pounds. The 20 “Phanatic Around Town” statues were all painted by local artists and will be on display throughout August 2010.
After their 2010 season, the Phillies will auction off the Phanatic statues. Proceeds will go to Phillies Charities.
Check out this link to learn more about the 20 artists. http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/fan_forum/y2010/phanatic_around_town_art.jsp
So for all the Phillies fans and tourists out there, come check out the Phanatic statues….Let’s us know which one is your favorite!