Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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Two Lines

Creator: George Rickey (American, 1907 - 2002)
Material: stainless steel
Year: 1988
Gift of Nancy Peters Ryan (Penn, Class of 1961) and Richard J. Ryan

Two Lines is a sculpture that moves and changes over time. Walk slowly around it, viewing it at close range and from a distance. What images does it call to mind- clock hands, scissors, chopsticks, a bird's beak? Internationally celebrated artist George Rickey enticed nature to collaborate with him in Two Lines. He enlivened the stainless steel surfaces with a merry scribble to catch and reflect sunlight. The tapering blades enlist the wind's random currents to drive them around in a stately motion. Two Lines occupies the site where the Arboretum's founders, John and Lydia Morris, once lived in a Victorian mansion. Dedicated in 1993 to the wonder of children and to the vision of Dr. William McKinley Klein, Jr., Director of the Morris Arboretum, 1977-1991.

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Construction Notice:

Parking Lot Closed September 21, 22 and 23.

Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved 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 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.