$33,000 will be going toward making the upcoming Viaduct RailPark inviting and beautiful.
The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), in collaboration with the Center City District (CCD), Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR), and the Friends of the Rail Park announced a competition today, as part of the $9.6 million Phase I renovation of the park.
The industrial relic crosses through the Callowhill and Chinatown neighborhoods, just north of Center City and the Vine Street Expressway. Submissions should both broadcast the park’s presence and reflect the overall project’s goals of maintaining material authenticity, local integrity, and visual simplicity.
The City, CCD, and the Friends have identified four potential sites for this commission, three of which are at the entry points of the park:
- The at-grade entrance at Noble and Broad Streets;
- The proposed stairwell at the lower 13th Street bridge;
- The proposed stairwell at the terminus of the park at Callowhill Street;
- The embanked area of the east side of 13th street to the west side of 12th Street.
Potential artwork commissions may include physical objects as well as sound art. Artwork will be selected on the basis of creativity, artistic merit, technical proficiency, and relationship to the RailPark, as well as long-term maintenance, durability, and safety concerns.
You can find out more in the OACCE’s call for artists.
From our Partners
Images via OACCE-30-
From our Partners
Power Moves: Cynthia Figueroa appointed to lead City’s new Office of Children and Families
Chinatown fosters an environment where small businesses can thrive
Power Moves: Rachel Miller becomes director of Criminal Records Expungement Project
During Tech in Action Day, all the participants teach and learn
Triple Bottom Brewing Co. finally found a home: 915 Spring Garden
How the Rail Park’s planners are building an inclusive community space
Why the Philadelphia Public History Truck’s latest exhibit examines displacement in Chinatown
ECS has been tackling Philly’s social issues for nearly 150 years. Now, its new focus is intergenerational poverty
Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity