Visitors to the Philadelphia Flower Show can enjoy a new evening attraction this year, a public art installation celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Created for Parkway 100 and commissioned by the Association for Public Art, with major support from the William Penn Foundation, Winter Fountains by Jennifer Steinkamp will not only connect you to the Parkway and its attractions, but to Pennsylvania flowers and the Flower Show’s “Wonders of Water” theme, too.
Illuminated nightly from sunset to midnight, four large-scale architectural domes, conceived specifically for the stretch of the Parkway between The Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, have been animating the Parkway Museums District throughout the winter months, adding mesmerizing “winter” fountains during a season when the Parkway’s landmark water fountains are turned off. Artist Jennifer Steinkamp uses projections of dream-like digital animations in hues of green, blue, red, and yellow to animate the surfaces of the 13’h x 26’w domes.
Winter Fountains’ animation is a fanciful interpretation of the formation of electricity in clouds. Magnified particles of dust hurl forward in space and collide, creating electrical charges in different colors, motions, and sequences. Hand-drawn by Steinkamp, spring flowers cascade down and flow like water in the videos. From asters and blue bells, to lilies and Solomon’s seals, plus blue-eyed grasses, columbines, dahlias, irises, lobelias, oxeyes, and phloxes – there are 11 flowers featured, and with the exception of dahlias, all are native to Pennsylvania. The Parkway’s signature fountains, art and science institutions, and Benjamin Franklin’s electrical explorations inspired the artist’s design.
The four domes can be spotted near some of the Parkway’s major museums and attractions, serving to spotlight and deepen the appreciation for the Parkway’s significant collections. Experience them at:
-Aviator Park, at 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, adjacent to The Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and Moore College of Art & Design
-21st Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between the Rodin Museum and the Barnes Foundation
-22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, across from Park Towne Place Museum District Residences
-Spring Garden Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The installation was especially timed to coincide with the Philadelphia Flower Show and will be on view nightly through March 18, 2018.
Hear more about Winter Fountains from the artist, Jennifer Steinkamp; Penny Balkin Bach, executive director and chief curator of the Association for Public Art; Matt Rader, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; and Larry Dubinski, president and CEO of The Franklin Institute.
Learn more at http://www.associationforpublicart.org/
Winter Fountains for the Parkway is presented by the Parkway Council and commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) for Parkway 100 in Philadelphia, with major support from the William Penn Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Association for Public Art (aPA); The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel; and individual donors. In-kind support is provided by Visit Philadelphia, Pennoni, and The Franklin Institute. Partners include the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Parkway 100 is also made possible through the generous leadership support of PECO, PNC Bank, and 6abc.