The picture was published by LIFE in their June 20, 1949, edition, covering most of pages 112 and 113. That the picture used most of two pages was in itself unusual. The photograph was part of the magazine's coverage of the 3rd Sculpture International exhibition, which was organized by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) and held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from May 15 to September 11, 1949. The picture shows 70 of the 254 sculptors whose work was being displayed, as well as a fair number of their pieces.
The image is anchored by Bernard Reder's monumental sculpture Wounded Woman. Reder is seated in the second row, second seat from the left. Hanging from the ceiling (where it remains), is Alexander Calder's International Mobile, while Calder himself sits, almost directly beneath it, in the center of the second row.
Besides its showing in LIFE magazine, a very large printing of the photograph was used as the cover of the exhibition press release. It also was reproduced in Bach's Public Art in Philadelphia (1992), where it is allotted a full page.
Questions as to who the 70 sculptors depicted are remain largely unanswered. Those identified include:
- Alexander Calder
- Jo Davidson
- Nathaniel Kaz
- Jacques Lipchitz
- Bernard Reder
- Mitzi Solomon
- Carl Milles
- Fairmount Park Art Association, 3rd Sculpture International, Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Press Report, 1949
- Life Magazine, June 20, 1949, ‘’70 Sculptors 70: The world’s biggest sculpture show assembles them and their statues in an art museum in Philadelphia’’, pp. 112 – 113.
- Fairmount Park Art Association, 3rd Sculpture International, Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Press Report, 1949.
- Bach, Penny Balkin, Public Art in Philadelphia, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1992 p. 98.
- Time Inc (11 July 1949). LIFE. Time Inc. p. 12. ISSN 0024-3019.