Philadelphia Wireman

April 1 – 30, 2007

Philadelphia Wireman

Untitled (rubber bands and plastic), c. 1970

Wire, nails, tape, rubber bands, and plastic

6 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches


Philadelphia Wireman

Untitled, c. 1970

Mixed media

4 1/4 x 3 x 1 1/2inches

Philadelphia Wireman

Untitled (cigar container and plastic), c. 1970

Wire, metal cigar container, hangers, washer, and plastic

8 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 4 inches

Press Release

The Philadelphia Wireman sculptures were found abandoned on a side street in Philadelphia on trash night in 1982. These sculptures—all intricately bound together  with tightly-wound heavy-gauge wire—include a wide variety of found objects, including bits of plastic, glass, leather, batteries, eyeglasses, food packaging, umbrella parts, nails, aluminum foil, and children’s toys. Over a thousand of these small-scale sculptures were discovered at once and while it is presumed that these works must have been discarded upon their maker’s death, the Philadelphia Wireman’s name, age, ethnicity, and even gender remain uncertain. Over 20 sculptures will be included in this exhibition.