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June 19, 2012

Manayunk Development Corporation And Mural Arts Unveil A Cool New Water Sculpture At Canal View Park Called “Escaped Infrastructure,” Encompassing 50 Feet Of PVC Piping And An LED Light Display

With Escaped Infrastructure, on view in Manayunk now through July 29, 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. (Image courtesy Thoughtbarn)

Public art in Philadelphia just got cooler, literally, with a water-inspired sculpture installed at Manayunk’s Canal View Park.

It’s called “Escaped Infrastructure,” and it’s on display now through July 29. This weekend, the Manayunk Arts Festival (more on that tomorrow), is a great opportunity to check it out.

“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.

“Escaped Infrastructure”
When: Now through July 29
Where: Canal View Park, Manayunk
Cost: Free
More info: www.manayunk.com

Escaped Infrastructure is a site-specific temporary installation that looks to bring new life to the disused Manayunk Canal, a remnant of Philadelphia’s industrial past. (Image courtesy Thoughtbarn)

In the evening, LED lights will add an enticing glow to the artwork. (Image courtesy Thoughtbarn)

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