Public art in Philadelphia just got cooler, literally, with a water-inspired sculpture installed at Manayunk’s Canal View Park.
“Escaped Infrastructure,” a collaboration between Mural Arts and Austin, Texas’ Thoughtbarn, is a site-specific temporary installation that looks to bring new life to the disused Manayunk Canal, a remnant of Philadelphia’s industrial past, by allowing pedestrians strolling the boardwalk adjacent to the canal to interact with the artwork and the site.
With plans underway to restore the Manayunk Canal to its original navigable condition and support aquatic habitats, the artwork is aiming to heighten the public’s awareness of this once vital waterway by bringing the canal’s water into view through a series of motion-sensitive water pumps that send it coursing through twisting tubes before pouring out at one end of the artwork – allowing the water to be heard for the first time.
A series of concealed water pumps are activated by the motion of passersby, causing the canal water to course through the tubes before audibly plunging back into the canal.
How’s this for cool: “Escaped Infrastructure,” as the name suggests, is inspired by the networks of pipes, tubes, and wires that exist along the Manayunk Canal.
In the evening, LED lights will add an enticing glow.
Check out another two renderings, below.
When: Now through July 29
Where: Canal View Park, Manayunk
More info: www.manayunk.com