August 21, 2012
Save The Date: The World Premiere Of “Open Air” – The Giant, Interactive 3-D Light Installation Coming To The Skies Above The Benjamin Franklin Parkway – Is Set For Thursday, September 20 At 7:30 P.M.
A few months back, we first told you about the awesome new 3-D light installation that was coming to the skies above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this September called “Open Air.” It’s a project commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) — formerly the the Fairmount Park Art Association — in conjunction with both the 2012 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and the 2012 Design Philadelphia Festival.
The “Open Air” installation is a pretty exciting temporary public art project that will allow residents and visitors to use their voices and GPS positions (via an app) to activate 24 powerful robotic searchlights placed along a half-mile section of the Parkway — creating enormous three-dimensional light formations in the night sky.
Open Air will run every night from September 20 to October 14 from 8-11 p.m. The project is going to debut on September 20 with an Opening Night Celebration during the 2012 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe and run through October 14, the close of Design Philadelphia. A dedicated Open Air Project headquarters, with seating areas, installation information and mobile device loan stations, will be located at Eakins Oval (24th Street and the Parkway).
Opening Night Celebration
The Opening Night Celebration for Open Air will take place on September 20, 2012 from 7:30pm-11:00pm on the inner drive of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event is free and open to the public and will include a selection of local food trucks, a live countdown and a ceremonial lighting, as well as a presentation by the artist and other special guests.
Stay tuned for a lot more about Open Air in the weeks leading up to its world premiere.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Project Headquarters – 24th Street and the Parkway
When: September 20-October 14, nightly 8-11 p.m.; Opening Night Celebration – September 20, 7:30-11 p.m.
More info: www.associationforpublicart.org