The public art contribution to the Lenfest Square promenade will be a towering 53-foot high sculpture of a paintbrush with illuminated bristles, created by world renowned American artist Claes Oldenburg, making its home at the start of Philadelphia's expanding "Museum Mile". The monumental sculpture, titled Paint Torch, will be installed at an incredible 60-degree angle, as if in the act of painting. A 6-foot high globe of paint will appear beside it on the ground illuminated as well at night.
There will also be outdoor seating, a stage, and an upscale restaurant in this 24-hour pedestrian plaza which links PAFA's two buildings across from the expanded Convention Center.
PAFA will hold an official opening party for the new plaza and a lighting ceremony for the Paint Torch on October 1, 2011, featuring activities and entertainment for all ages.