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.
The Holiday Garden Railway is not running today due to the rain.
The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed due to renovations to the turf after a long, hot, dry summer with record attendance. The top gate will be open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. While we will hope to reopen quickly, some variables are unpredictable. We look forward to welcoming visitors back on our newly restored Rose Garden turf soon.
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.