Light Drift, A Temporary Nighttime Public Art Display, To Set The Schuylkill River Aglow for Three Nights, Starting Friday, Oct. 15

The new art installation will be located on the Schuylkill Banks, between Market and Chestnut Streets.
(Image courtesy Mural Arts Program)

If you notice a few strange glowing orbs along the Schuylkill River this weekend, have no fear — it’s not an invasion of glowing jellyfish. Rather it’s Light Drift, an interactive, riverfront public art installation and experience that is part of Design Philadelphia.

For three nights only — this Friday, Saturday & Sunday — from dusk until dawn each night, visitors can interact with 100 vacuum-formed, non-toxic, recyclable orbs.

The orbs, located both on land and floating in the river, communicate with each other using sensors and radio signals.

As viewers engage and occupy the orbs along the park, the grid of lights in the water becomes an index of the activities on land. Multiple viewers can even create “intersections of linear patterns,” encouraging viewers to “play” with each other.

The interactivity of the orbs is designed to bring the people together by providing gathering spaces for watching the river turn into a flickering constellation, creating new connections on the river’s edge.

Light Drift is the brainchild of installation artist J. Meejin Yoon of MY Studio in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s presented by the Mural Arts Program in partnership with Fairmount Park, Schuylkill River Development Corporation and Philadelphia Water Department.

The Opening Reception for Light Drift will be held on Friday, October 15, 6:30 pm on the Schuylkill Banks between Market & Chestnut Streets.

Light Drift
An interactive, riverfront lighting experience
Three nights only – October 15, 16 & 17, Dusk to Dawn
Free and open to the public
Schuylkill Banks (between Market & Chestnut Streets)


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