A span once served to get people across the gorge south of Livezey Dam. When it deteriorated, the Park Commission retro-fitted and installed a staircase from an old ship. To replace the stairs, artist Jody Pinto designed Fingerspan, an outgrowth of the Fairmount Park Art Association's (now the Association for Public Art's) Form and Function project. To bridge the gap between public art and ordinary life, the Association for Public Art (aPA) initiated the pioneering program Form and Function in 1980. The aPA invited artists to propose public art projects for Philadelphia that would be utilitarian, site-specific, and integral to community life—works that would be integrated into the public context through use as well as placement.
© 1987, Peter Rose

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