text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

Icelandic Sculpture

viking statue
The Viking

At the Sedgeley Club is Icelandic sculptor Einar Jonsson's statue of the Viking Torfinn Karlsefni, who is believed to have come to America in 1004. It is the first of many pieces of sculpture we'll see along the embankment. The next, slightly upriver, is a statue of an Indian woman defending her children against attack can be seen. Called "Stone Age in America," it was commissioned by the Fairmount Park Art Association in 1887. John J. Boyle (1851-1917) was the sculptor.

Both the river and Kelley Drive make a sharp turn to the north. Follow the road north for about 1500 feet to see the statue of slain president James Garfield



Fairmount Park