Author:
Domus
Published:
September 14, 2017
Categories:
Society Visual arts

Today a river of colorful fireflies by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang will ride in the streets of Philadelpia. This large public art project was commissioned by the Association for Public Art with Fung Collaboratives on the occasion of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial, with major support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. 27 customized pedicabs adorned with hundreds of luminous colorful lanterns will glide along the Parkway at night, drawing on memories of the traditional lantern festivals of the artist’s childhood. Free public rides in the pedicabs are one-way trips from Iroquois Park to Sister Cities Park and vice versa. Born in 1957 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, Cai Guo-Qiang currently lives and works in New York City and New Jersey. His oeuvre spans over many disciplines and addresses all kinds of themes, from traditions, to narratives, from Chinese medicine to flora and fauna.

from 14 September to 8 October 2017
Fireflies
Artist: Cai Guo-Qiang
Opening: Thursday, 14 September 2017
Venue: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Credits: associationforpublicart.org