What are all those weird sculptures doing around town?

Events, Things to Do, What's New — By abbygordon on April 5, 2010 at 12:25 am

The Phillie Phanatic

If you’re not a baseball fan, you might not be familiar with the beloved Phillies’ mascot, the Phillie Phanatic.

The Phanatic is an indescribable green creature who kind of resembles ALF, the Alien Life Form of television history, and likes to dance and make fun of opposing players at Phillies games.  To get some momentum going for what fans hope will be another championship baseball season, the Phillies and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation have launched a public art project called “Phanatic Around Town.”

A selection of Phanatic sculptures from the Phillies' website

Twenty fiberglass sculptures of the Phanatic will decorate some of Philadelphia’s outdoor spaces between now and August.  Each sculpture is painted by a different local artist.  Sculptures can be seen at the Philadelphia Airport, the Franklin Institute, the Betsy Ross House, Rittenhouse Square, and sixteen other locations.


  • Sam Gridley says:

    One local, obviously not a baseball fan, asked what all those Muppet rejects were doing around the city. But everyone else I’ve spoken to loves this manifestation of Philadelphia exuberance. One friend is posting pictures on Facebook.

  • Pharaonick says:

    I think that’s fantastic!

  • Caroline - Philly Tourism says:

    Check out http://www.visitphilly.com/phanatic for ongoing events and promotions with all the Phanatic statues!

  • Cliff Lentz says:

    I’m the artist that created the Library Phanatic, that’s the one in the Orange Astronaut suit. You can check out my YouTube video entitled “THE PHILLIE PHANATIC PROJECT ” to follow my six week project in which I spent more than 100 hours working in an unheated tool shed during the THREE winter snow storms!

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