Hard Bargains 1777  – a dynamic mix of art and history – is a permanent outdoor public art installation engaging contemporary sculpture to interpret historical events unique to York.

With local and national importance, the work will further York’s brand as a significant cultural and historical destination. It commemorates the work of the Second Continental Congress in York, PA, in the fall of 1777.


It was in York, and only in York, that the Articles of Confederation were adopted, thus bringing 13 combative colonies into agreements essential to win support for the Revolutionary War. This marks a critical first step toward a U.S. constitution.

The Hard Bargains sculpture will be a stunning centerpiece to invite local residents, and visitors, to learn and reflect on this significant moment in our country's founding history.

beginning text from the Articles of Confederation,

adopted in York, PA, on November 15, 1777