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October 18, 2013

Update: The Franklin Institute’s 53,000-Square-Foot Expansion Welcomes A 2,665-Square-Foot “Shimmer Wall,” An Art Structure By Renowned Environmental Artist, Ned Kahn

The Franklin Institute's new 53,000-square-foot expansion, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, which will play home to a nearly 3,000-square-foot "shimmer wall", a state-of-the-art installation by a renowned environmental artist that will visually change due to wind and other weather elements. (Image courtesy The Franklin Institute)

While The Franklin Institute’s impending expansion has been in the works for a little while now, updates are continuing to roll in.

As part of the expansion, The Franklin Institute will play home to a nearly 3,000-square-foot stainless steel kinetic “shimmer wall” by environmental artist Ned Kahn built atop of the same limestone that makes up the museum. The progressive “shimmer wall” is the first of its kind to grace the City of Brotherly Love and is designed to mirror the sky and visually show natural weather elements such as wind and rain.

The “shimmer wall” is made up of 12,500 five-inch-square aluminum panels that will move in varying waves depending on the wind and at night, the shimmer wall will radiate subtle light.

The artist, Ned Kahn, has created pieces of public artwork everywhere from Australia to California.

In total, the addition, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, is a 53,000-square-foot expansion to the south side of The Franklin Institute that is slated to open in June 2014. The expansion will contain a permanent exhibition entitled Your Brain, a gallery for traveling exhibitions, an education and conference center spread among three stories and the one-of-a-kind “shimmer wall.”

Excited? We are too. Click here to check out the construction camera for the latest.

The Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion at The Franklin Institute
When: Opening in June 2014
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: Included in general admission
More info: www.fi.edu

Previously: The Franklin Institute To Expand; Set To Break Ground On A 53,000 Square-Foot Annex Including New Gallery Space And Classrooms In Spring 2012

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