Nine Not-To-Miss Light Shows And Public Installations During The DNC

Donkeys Around Town, new lights at Boathouse Row and more...

Philadelphia is abuzz with the city’s historic hosting of the Democratic National Convention. Through Thursday, July 28, the DNC is in town with a major convention at the Wells Fargo Center, caucus meetings at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and a large public rally hosted by Hillary Clinton at Independence Mall on July 29.

During this time, local residents can experience Philly with fresh eyes as visitors from around the world make their way here to observe the political process in action.

Thanks to various organizations around the city, there is more to see than just what goes on at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Mural Arts Program along with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Center City District and others, have taken to public spaces and places in an effort to activate and beautify the city from Broad Street to Spring Garden and beyond.

From Donkeys Around Town to patriotic light displays, the DNC brings welcome, scenic updates to Philadelphia.

Boathouse Row Relighting

Philadelphia’s beautifully lit boathouses along the Schuylkill River have received an upgrade just in time for Philly's starring role on the world stage during the DNC. The last time Boathouse Row had a light replacement was in 2005. Now, the luminous procession of homes along Philly’s waterfront near the Art Museum have been revamped again with more than 10,000 little lights.

Boathouse Row Relighting

When:July 23-29
Where:Boathouse Row, 1 Boathouse Row
Cost:Free

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City Hall Lights

In collaboration with The Lighting Practice and Starlite Productions, Center City District illuminates the South façade of City Hall with red, white and blue color-changing LED lights. The coolest part is the theatrical display that's synchronized with the color changing light display that glows down five blocks of the Avenue of the Arts.

City Hall Lights

When:July 23-28 from dusk to 4 a.m.
Where:Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd
Cost:Free

www.phldnc.com

30th Street Station Lights

Also in collaboration with The Lighting Practice and Starlite Productions, the front of the city's stately 30th Street Station is illuminated with red, white and blue LED lights and animated stars across the station’s east portico and glass bridges. Inside the station, the angel statue is lit with blue making for a dramatic welcome to train travelers.

30th Street Station Lights

When:Through Thursday, July 28
Where:30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street

www.thelightingpractice.com

The Oval Rhythm & Hues Beer Garden Lights

The Oval, the vast, painted, lively hangout space at Eakins Oval near the Philadelphia Museum of Art is full of food trucks, over-sized games and special programing. This year’s Oval art installation is called “Rhythm & Hues,” a 25,000 square-foot music-inspired mural by artist Brad Carney. To complement the mural, colorful light-up re-purposed containers span the area’s Beer Garden. Many parts of light installation change color and mood — with a patriotic red, white and blue color scheme this week.

The Oval Rhythm & Hues Beer Garden Lights

When:July 15 - August 21
Where:Eakins Oval, 24th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay as you go

www.theovalphl.org

Donkeys Around Town

You may have noticed the Democrats' donkey mascots popping up around town. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention Donkeys Around Town program showcases 57 fiberglass donkeys that have been placed at 48 different public locations around Philly.

Donkeys Around Town

When:July 1 - September 5
Where:Throughout Philadelphia
Cost:Free

www.phldnc.com

Truth To Power

Want to catch a Banksy work up close? You can — in Philly this week. Truth to Power by Rock The Vote features three packed days of panels and performances by notable artists, musicians and politicians. The events are bookended on each side with free opening and closing concerts to take place Monday and Wednesday evening. Don't miss the moving installation of 200+ works.

Truth To Power

When:July 25-27
Where:990 Spring Garden Street
Cost:Free

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“14 Movements” Mural Arts Median Installation

Philadelphia’s beautification efforts are literally starting from the ground up. A sidewalk-adorning mural called 14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words was created by Tyler School of Art graduate and brings multi-colored stripes to the Broad Street. The colorful display is also sprinkled with words and imagery from Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher’s book of poetry, Monk Eats an Afro.

“14 Movements” Mural Arts Median Installation

When:Completed July 22
Where:South Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.muralarts.org

Philly Word Art

Local artist Daniel Duffy created Philly Word Art, a style of art that melds iconic images with handwritten words that give life to those well-known pieces. During the DNC, Duffy is creating a live Philly Word Art piece at PoliticalFest, a celebration of history and government at the National Convention Center. The interactive piece asks, “What is liberty to you?” And Duffy is incorporating participant responses into an image of the Liberty Bell. If you can’t make it to PoliticalFest, you may submit your response to the question using the hashtag #WordArtDNC.

Philly Word Art

When:July 22-27
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:Free-$15

www.phldnc.com

Dilworth Park Interactive Mural

Sponsored by the Haverford Trust Company, an interactive pop-up art display designed to encourage a political conversation about quality leadership is scheduled to appear at Dilworth Park. The 200-square-foot mural will feature Mount Rushmore with a fifth space allowing visitors to place themselves in a historical conversation.

Dilworth Park Interactive Mural

When:July 25-26
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.ccdparks.org

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