The City of Philadelphia is gearing up to erect the city’s first-of-a-kind piece of public art that’s designed to be reflective of the South Philadelphia athletic community.
The statue will depict an African-American girl around the age of 11. She’s standing, wearing a basketball uniform, holding the ball and looking over her left shoulder, ready to make – hopefully- a game winning decision.
“It’s an opportunity to sort of celebrate what it means to be a young woman and hopefully sort of inspire confidence and strength,” said Margot Berg, public art director for Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.
The office oversees over 1,000 pieces of the city’s art collection. And while most statues are of white men on horses, Berg says there’s been a concerted effort to ensure that with any new city funded …