Open Source is the largest international art exhibition in Philadelphia’s history, with impactful public art installations created by 14 renowned international artists and 40 events throughout October 2015––positioning the city as an enlightened leader in the global art community.
As part of the exhibition, 14 new public artworks were installed throughout Philadelphia by international artists including JR and Shepard Fairey. The artists engaged with local communities to inform their project directions, some being participatory in the art-making.
When the Penn Museum launched its long-term exhibition Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now, its goal was to challenge some common misconceptions by showing how today’s Native American leaders are creating political, religious, linguistic, and artistic independence. A suite of interactives by Bluecadet (Philadelphia) helps tell those stories.
The Comcast Experience combines urban planning, environmental design, and public art to create a lively new gathering spot in downtown Philadelphia.
The new Robert A.M. Stern-designed Comcast Center tops off the Philadelphia skyline at 975 feet. And it breaks new ground on the ground floor as well, with an 85-ft.- by 25-ft. high-resolution video wall that turns a public transportation hub into a gigantic work of public art.
A quote from Rodin about his fascination with Michelangelo ran along the corridor wall leading to two concurrent Rodin exhibitions, one about Michelangelo's influence on the sculpture. Visitors could pass freely between the exhibits, which were anchored by three graphic scrims that provided an ornate architectural note to the plain gray walls and box-shaped pedestals.
Susan Maxman Architects, Willie Fetchko Graphic Design
As part of the renovations to an existing service station, Sunoco commissioned Susan Maxman & Partners and artist Michael Webb to design murals for the end walls of two rowhouses adjoining the property. The problem was to transform the graffiti-covered walls into a visually exciting but subtle depiction of the historic neighborhood. Research revealed that St. James Episcopal Church, designed by Fraser, Furness and Hewitt, occupied the site in 1870 and stimulated construction of the elaborate townhouses nearby.
Inspired by retro-modernism, but without overt reference, Pod is an all white space painted with colored lights. The restaurant features pods (individual spaces), from deuce pods along the dining perimeter, to pods for six to ten people that have internally illuminated color changing table tops. Some design features that make Pod so unique are the high gloss white epoxy walls, acoustic foam ceilings, creamy concrete floor, dipped rubber chairs, and a thirty foot red rubber lounge barge.