Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Untitled (After Black Forest)

Creator: Robinson Fredenthal (American, 1940 - 2009)
Gift of Bart and Carol Lippincott

This monumental sculpture, one of many polyhedral explorations, is a gift to Morris Arboretum from Bart and Carol Lippincott, longtime Arboretum friends and supporters who commissioned the work and displayed it in their garden in Chestnut Hill for many years. The original and larger version sits on the University of Pennsylvania campus at 34th and Walnut Streets.

Robin Fredenthal was born in Claremont, New Hampshire in 1940, the son and brother of artists. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and a second Bachelor's degree in Architecture in 1967. At that time, Penn Design was under the visionary leadership and guidance of Louis I. Kahn, Robert Le Ricolais, Romaldo Giurgola, Carlos Vallhonrat, Robert Venturi and others. In addition to pursuing his own studies, Fredenthal created many models for building competitions that helped to establish the renown of his talented teachers. Many of his studies, scale models and papers are held at the Penn Archives.

Untitled (after Black Forest) is one of the artist's myriad studies of cubes and of what happens when he stands them on their corners, cuts through them with planes, rotates and stacks them. Viewed from different angles in the Arboretum's Azalea Meadow, the piece will inspire interest and lively discussion.

This piece was fabricated and installed by Sears Ironworks, a company that has created and installed many Fredenthal pieces. We are indeed lucky to have it in the garden.

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Construction Notice:

Parking Lot Closed Thursday, August 27 (Rain Date Friday, August 28), September 21, 22 and 23.

Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved Thursday, August 27 (rain date Friday, August 28), September 21, 22 and 23. Our parking lot is a demonstration lot for its sustainability. Installed 25 years ago as one of the first of its kind, the parking lot has filtered into the earth about 31,863,304 gallons of precipitation from the Wissahickon watershed. But the time has come for it to be renewed.

The entire parking lot will be closed Thursday, August 27 (rain date Friday, August 28), September 21, 22 and 23. Auxiliary parking will be available at the bottom of the hill (near the kiosk) and shuttle service will be provided to the top of the hill. ADA access will be limited. No buses will be permitted beyond the kiosk.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are committed to keeping our parking lot sustainable and our visitors safe. Thanks for your patience.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.