Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

University of Pennsylvania

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Two Lines

Creator: George Rickey (American, 1907 - 2002)
Material: stainless steel
Year: 1988
Gift of Nancy Peters Ryan (Penn, Class of 1961) and Richard J. Ryan

Two Lines is a sculpture that moves and changes over time. Walk slowly around it, viewing it at close range and from a distance. What images does it call to mind- clock hands, scissors, chopsticks, a bird's beak? Internationally celebrated artist George Rickey enticed nature to collaborate with him in Two Lines. He enlivened the stainless steel surfaces with a merry scribble to catch and reflect sunlight. The tapering blades enlist the wind's random currents to drive them around in a stately motion. Two Lines occupies the site where the Arboretum's founders, John and Lydia Morris, once lived in a Victorian mansion. Dedicated in 1993 to the wonder of children and to the vision of Dr. William McKinley Klein, Jr., Director of the Morris Arboretum, 1977-1991.

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Alerts & Updates

Northwestern Ave is closed due to flooding of the Wissahickon Creek. Accessing the Arboretum by car is not possible today, Thursday, June 20th. The Compton Cafe is also closed.

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.