The 2014 Fringe Festival World-Premiere Floating Installation WetLand Opens To The Public At Penn’s Landing This Friday, August 15

WetLand Fringe Festival Philadelphia
The 2014 Fringe Festival gets an early start this year with this Friday’s public opening of artist Mary Mattingly’s WetLand, a floating public art installation. (Image courtesy Mary Mattingly)

Ready for an influx of inspiration? The 2014 Fringe Festival brings cutting-edge performing and visual arts to venues all across Philadelphia September 5-21.

Organized by FringeArts, the annual festival features contemporary works in every artistic genre in two festival categories: highly curated Presented Fringe performances and all-inclusive Neighborhood Fringe shows.

Heralding the phenomenal array of arts about to hit Philly, the fantastical Presented Fringe art installation WetLand opens to the public this Friday, August 15 at Penn’s Landing adjacent to Spruce Street Harbor Park (which closes for the season on August 31!).

An imaginative floating installation moored on the water next to the Independence Seaport Museum, WetLand is the brain child of Brooklyn-based artist Mary Mattingly and aims to inspire conversation around a dystopian view of the future, wherein rivers and oceans have overtaken urban areas.

Mattingly’s answer to this vision of an environmentally degraded world? A retrofitted 1971 Rockwell Whitcraft houseboat that she designed to be both self-contained and self-sustaining with key additions like solar panels, gutter systems to recycle rain water and floating docks with edible plants, a honeybee hive, and a chicken coop.

To test the sustainability of her creation and engage the public, Mattingly will live on WetLand for six weeks, all the while offering tours, performances, workshops, and artistic gatherings. In addition to Mattingly, six other artists will rotate in residency.

Open daily August 15 to September 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., WetLand is free and open to the public to explore.

In addition to engaging with the artists in residency on WetLand, visitors can experience brief presentations and a guided tour every Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with artist Mary Mattingly.

Plus, a communal space of approximately 20 seats hosts a busy schedule of special events throughout the installation’s duration.

Both the artists in residency and local partners are on tap to host events in the space — from an open house to celebrate the opening this Friday, August 15 to a preserve-making and taste-testing talk on Sunday, August 24, to a performance piece involving nun-mermaids and sacred objects on Thursday, Sep​t​ember 18.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for events, and can be reserved right here.

For more information and event schedules, check here.

When: Daily, August 15-September 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Free
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