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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Dragon Parking Lot

Four writhing bronze dragons, now oxidized green with age, are elevated on poles in a parking lot in Philadelphia's Chinatown.

815 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA
On the north side of Arch St. just east of its intersection with N. 9th St.
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Dragon Parking Lot.

Dragon Parking Lot

One of Philadelphia's bronze dragons, bronze sculptures on poles in a Chinatown parking lot.

[ConorNNS, 04/30/2024]

Paul Whittle carving a dragon.

Parking Lot Bronze Dragons

Ward Elicker sculpted the dragons closest to the entrance to the parking lot at Arch Street. Paul Whittle sculpted one dragon that was cast twice, and those two dragons are on the outside, furthest from the entrance to the parking lot.

[Paul Whittle, 09/25/2019]


Dragon Parking Lot

A parking lot in Philadelphia's Chinatown displays dragons above the sidewalk in front of the lot. They are similar in shape to the dragons used in Chinatown parades, and are positioned on metal poles.

[signmanjoe, 08/18/2018]

The four dragons are made of bronze; each weighs 1,500 pounds and cost $75,000. They were sculpted by Ward Eliker in 2009.

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