“My Philadelphia Story” is an art installation located at the Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal F, that explores the cultural diversity of the city through a collection of more than five hundred objects. The pieces range from antiques to oddities. They include handmade goods and mass-produced consumer wares, each piece being representative of one person’s past experiences. So, go ahead! Take a look inside to see items collected from the purses and pocketbooks of our citizens. We think you’ll feel compelled and educated, and we think you’ll be moved, as we were, to laugh, and to cry. Enjoy!


This Percent for Art opportunity was nationally announced as an open Call to Artists in September 2014 to artists and artist teams. Out of the 151 applicants, fourteen finalists were selected to present proposals. An independent selection panel consisting of Curator and Writer Judith Stein, Artist Benjamin Volta, and Artist and Curator Richard Watson, with advisory support from Conservator Katherine Cuffari, the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, and Philadelphia International Airport recommended these four projects for commission.

About the Public Art Program – The Percent for Art Program of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy commissions exceptional and enduring works of site-specific public art by renowned and emerging artists for City buildings and public spaces. Philadelphia’s public art collection is recognized as the largest and most remarkable in the world. Since 1959, more than three hundred works of art have been commissioned through the City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Ordinance. http://creativephl.org/