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November 8, 2012

Tour Eastern State Penitentiary’s Stained Glass Installation By Flashlight At Night, Now Through December 3

Tour Judith Schaechter’s stained glass window installation armed with only a flashlight in the haunted halls of the prison. (Photo courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary)

Even though Terror Behind the Walls is closing this Saturday night, there will still be plenty of cool programming at Eastern State Penitentiary this season.

In conjunction with Judith Schaechter’s stained glass window installation “The Battle of Carnival and Lent,” the Eastern State Penitentiary will be offering special nighttime flashlight tours of the exhibit.

The tours will take guests through cellblocks 8, 11 and 14 to see all 17 windows of the installation that will be taken down December 3, 2012.

Schaechter is a Guggenheim fellow who calls Philadelphia her home. This particular work intends to draw the connection between the prison’s original purpose of self-reflection and the realities of solitary confinement.

The windows are all lit with floodlights from behind, filling the cell blocks and corridors with colored light filtered through the windows.

Tours are limited to 20 people; tickets are available here.

Flashlight Tours of Judith Schaechter’s “The Battle of Carnival and Lent”
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
When: Select Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20
More info: www.easternstate.org.

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