A giant, interactive 3-D light installation coming to the skies above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
September 20, 2012 – October 14, 2012
In Fall 2012, internationally acclaimed new media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s public art project “Open Air” will illuminate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with enormous three-dimensional light formations in the night sky.
Every night from 8-11 p.m., participants can use their voices and GPS positions to activate 24 robotic searchlights placed along a half-mile section of the Parkway, all via a custom iPhone app developed for “Open Air.”
The app automatically analyzes the users’ GPS positions and voices for frequency, intonation and volume, and will then convert these characteristics into unique searchlight formations in the sky over the Parkway. The lights react, both in brightness and position, to each participant’s voice and words as they are being spoken, creating a canopy of light over the city.
Tens of thousands of individuals are expected to participate live during the duration of “Open Air” and the brilliant light formations will be visible up to 10 miles away from the Parkway each evening.
A dedicated project headquarters, including app download and free mobile loan stations, will be located at Eakins Oval (24th Street and the Parkway).
Top Places To Watch
To help you fully experience this can’t-miss exhibition, check out a map of our top picks to watch Open Air around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, grab a bite to eat and more.
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