In-Progress

Two Me

Mel Chin’s Two Me invites the public to pose as living monuments in the courtyard of City Hall.

artist Mel Chin

Part of Monument Lab

Two Me by Mel Chin. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • location City Hall
  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • completion date

    November 20, 2017

About the Project 

Mel Chin’s Two Me invites the public to pose as living monuments in the courtyard of City Hall. Visitors may ascend fully accessible ramps to one of two identical seven-foot-tall pedestals, inscribed simply with the word “Me.” Individually, each visitor attains monumental status when reaching the top. Together, across both platforms, visitors create a “We,” as in “We the People.” Chin’s artwork balances the longing for individualism with the foundational spirit of coexistence embedded within American culture. Chin modeled these pedestals directly after John Wanamaker’s Citizen statue on the west side of City Hall, and invites the two visitors to greet each other back at ground level and further explore their collectivity.

Two Me by Mel Chin. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Funders 

Major support for Monument Lab projects staged in Philadelphia’s five squares provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. An expanded artist roster and projects at additional neighborhood sites made possible by the William Penn Foundation. Lead corporate support provided by Bank of America. Generous additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For a full list of funders click here.