Public art has joined hand and paw to bring an exciting new attraction to Punxsutawney, also known as “the home of the groundhog.”
“Phantastic Phils!” promotes community pride and solidifies this small western Pennsylvania town’s reputation as “Weather Capital of the World” by placing 32 bigger-than-life fiberglass groundhogs on the streets and near businesses throughout the community.
The groundhogs are imaginatively decorated by local and regional artists, making each a unique work of art that will be on display for years to come.
The fiberglass models were manufactured in the Philadelphia area. Local artist Victoria Dicken created the drawings used by the factory to produce the Phantastic Phils mold. Dicken used as her starting point the friendly Punxsutawney Phil image created by popular Pittsburgh-area artist Rick Weiss, with Weiss’ enthusiastic permission.
See more of my Phil photos here.
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