Artwork inspired by water and steam comes to City Hall

Artwork inspired by water and steam comes to City Hall

The goal of the new Dilworth Plaza is to transform Philadelphia City’s Hall into a focal point for the city's thriving downtown.   To achieve this goal the Center City District commissioned sculptor Janet Echelman to create an artwork inspired by water and steam which will be embedded in the new plaza's 11,600-square foot fountain.  The installation will trace above ground in real time the paths of the three subway lines below. Described by the artist as a living X-ray of the city's circulatory system, the work will create a moving 4-foot-tall wall of mist, which will glow at night illuminated with the same colors chosen by SEPTA to code their transit lines. As the trains move beneath the site, columns of illuminated mist will emerge from the plaza, creating both a playful and animated embellishment on the fountain and highlight the existence of a transit system that brings 300,000 passengers into Center City each day. In cold weather months, lighting alone will trace the course of transit service below.  The artwork aims to transform the way people view they city's central square and how they enter its public transit system.

The installation of this public artwork, Pulse, will ensure that the $50 million transformation of Dilworth Plaza will become a uniquely memorable public space in historic downtown Philadelphia.  Construction on Dilworth Plaza began in January 2012, and will be completed in early 2014.


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Dated: August 14th 2012
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