Morris Arboretum

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Untitled (After Black Forest)

Creator: Robinson Fredenthal (American, 1940 - 2009)
Gift of Bart and Carol Lippincott

This monumental sculpture, one of many polyhedral explorations, is a gift to Morris Arboretum from Bart and Carol Lippincott, longtime Arboretum friends and supporters who commissioned the work and displayed it in their garden in Chestnut Hill for many years. The original and larger version sits on the University of Pennsylvania campus at 34th and Walnut Streets.

Robin Fredenthal was born in Claremont, New Hampshire in 1940, the son and brother of artists. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and a second Bachelor's degree in Architecture in 1967. At that time, Penn Design was under the visionary leadership and guidance of Louis I. Kahn, Robert Le Ricolais, Romaldo Giurgola, Carlos Vallhonrat, Robert Venturi and others. In addition to pursuing his own studies, Fredenthal created many models for building competitions that helped to establish the renown of his talented teachers. Many of his studies, scale models and papers are held at the Penn Archives.

Untitled (after Black Forest) is one of the artist's myriad studies of cubes and of what happens when he stands them on their corners, cuts through them with planes, rotates and stacks them. Viewed from different angles in the Arboretum's Azalea Meadow, the piece will inspire interest and lively discussion.

This piece was fabricated and installed by Sears Ironworks, a company that has created and installed many Fredenthal pieces. We are indeed lucky to have it in the garden.

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Alerts & Updates

A tree is down blocking our main path between Out on a Limb and the Rose Garden. Guests must use the path behind the Visitor Center to access the Arboretum. This path is steep and may be difficult for guests with wheelchairs or strollers.

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Guests are not required to wear face coverings outdoors, but face coverings must always be worn indoors.

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Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

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.