“Fireflies by artist Cai Guo-Qiang was commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) with Guest Curator Lance Fung and with major support provided by The Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage.”
Imagine a vibrant evening on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia with people from all backgrounds coming together to experience the spectacle and wonder of Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies. Internationally renowned artist Cai Guo-Qiang will work with the Association for Public Art (aPA) and Guest Curator Lance Fung of Fung Collaboratives to create Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, an interactive public artwork consisting of twenty-seven luminous, kinetic sculptures in the form of pedicabs that will traverse the culturally significant Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Clusters of individually lit handmade lanterns will embellish each pedicab sculpture, recalling the artist's childhood memories of traditional lantern festivals in his native Quanzhou, China. The glowing lanterns and moving pedicabs will invite participants to experience the Parkway from a new perspective by riding inside the artworks as passengers. Pedestrians and motorists will also have the opportunity to view the artworks as they transport riders, enlivening the distinctive character of the Parkway at night. Fireflies will be presented September 14 – October 8, Thursday through Sunday from 6pm – 10pm, for FREE.
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