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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 00:00

An Artistic Construction Wall

There's nothing that says a construction project has to look ugly, particularly with regard to fencing that separates the sidewalk superintendents from the building mess.

That's even more true when the project is for a major museum, in this case the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which recently broke ground on a new wing, designed by Frank Gehry, that's part of a $525 million campaign to give the institution -- still probably best known for the steps scene in the movie "Rocky" -- a makeover.

Rather than ask visitors to abide a drab, plain 450-foot-long construction fence, the museum teamed up with Pentagram to provide copies of various museum pieces on the structure -- a great idea, given that visitors might have to wait until 2020 (or beyond, given how construction projects often drag on) to get a look at some of the 75 works of art, including those by Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, and Barbara Kruger.

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