News Dilworth Park opened this month to no small fanfare, and rightfully so. But there’s still more to come for the revamped space. Janet Echelman’s sculpture piece Pulse is coming in 2015. Designed to be embedded in the new plaza’s 11,600-square-foot fountain, Pulse traces the three subway routes underneath in real time, sending up four-foot-tall trails of mist, which glow at night when illuminated by multiple layers of colored light. Farewell to the dreary and foreboding Dilworth of old! Whitney Kimball, one of the ArtFCity writers who has covered the Philly art scene several times for ArtFCity including one ... More » »
News Joe Boruchow’s largest piece so far is now complete! Gracing the walls of a classic rowhome between 9thand 10th on Dickinson Street across from Southwark Post Office in South Philadelphia, Watchtowers is a 36×46 foot mural. Created through the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, with Brad Carney as lead muralist, Watchtowers’ dedication is being held on Sunday, November 17 at 2pm. The mural is a striking homage to both the historical and current architectural elements of Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue neighborhood; residents of the area well-versed in Philly history might even recognize features like those of the demolished Moyamensing Prison. Not that ... More » »
News Daniel Traub and Glenn Holsten have completed work on “The Barefoot Artist,” a film honoring the legacy of Traub’s mother, seminal artist Lily Yeh, and are now in the final post-production push. Their fundraising campaign, steered by USA Artists, also contains numerous offerings related to the film, including excerpts and a message from Traub and Holsten. Congratulations, Daniel and Glenn! Fake House/Fake Haus, one of Philadelphia’s oldest punk houses, is closing in two days, taken over by Drexel to make way for student housing at 38th and Lancaster. Its final show was held last Friday, capping off a history ... More » »
News Open Air, happily, was a resounding success. During this project’s September 20-October 14 span, brought to Philadelphia by the Association for Public Art and artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer nearly 6,000 iPhone recordings in over 20 different languages were made, and more than 17,000 visitors came to the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Open Air website is up permanently, allowing people to listen to the recordings and vote for their favorites. It’ll be tough to narrow down: aside from some heart-tugging marriage proposals, there is the 127-message “Voices of Philly” archive of famous local voices. To learn more about the project, visit The Creators Project, the press release here, and some wonderful high-res photos. ... More » »
News Muralist David McShane writes that his Phillies mural at 24th and Walnut – originally scheduled to be hung August 10 – has been postponed. The mural, which was finished indoors, painted on parachute cloth (143 5′ x5′ sheets), can’t be hung yet because of the need to deal with lead paint removal on the wall, approvals from the railroad company who owns the land below the wall, and structural engineering reports. Let’s hope this season improves for the mural, as well as the team. Look for the mural to go up next fall or Spring of 2013, McShane says. ... More » »
News Vollis Simpson Park receives ArtPlace grant We told you back in September that Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe received grants from ArtPlace, well here is another great use of the money from that organization.
From the department of coincidences… After I posted Marjorie Grigonis‘s lovely photos from her trip to the south of France and Barcelona I got an email from Caroline Furr, a mutual friend and Philadelphia artist who previously lived in Barcelona for many years. The email was brief. It said “a harmless past,” and it contained the image of a painting of a church with a tower that is the same church on the bay pictured in Marjorie’s photo from her post. As Caroline put it in her email, it’s “an older view of a favorite spot.” I just love this ... More » »