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November 27, 2017

'Winter Fountains' to debut on Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The public art exhibit is part of Parkway 100

Art Exhibits Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Winter Fountains on the Parkway Jennifer Steinkamp/Digital simulation for Winter Fountains, 2017

“Winter Fountains," by artist Jennifer Steinkamp, was commissioned by the Parkway Council with the Association for Public Art for Parkway 100 and with major support from the William Penn Foundation.

Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway is turning 100, and the Parkway Council has planned 14 months of activities to mark the centennial. 

Through Nov. 16, 2018, the Parkway Council will present various exhibitions, events and promotions.

On Thursday, Nov. 30, the public art exhibit "Winter Fountains" will debut. 

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Artist Jennifer Steinkamp’s "dream-like" animated video projections – inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s research in electricity and Parkway institutions – will illuminate four large fiberglass domes nightly, from sunset to midnight on the Parkway.

Find the "Winter Fountains" at Aviator Park, Rodin Museum, Park Towne Place and Spring Garden Triangle.

There will be a free opening celebration at the Franklin Institute's Fels Planetarium from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 30. Guests can enjoy dessert before or after the first lighting of the artwork at 6:30 p.m.

"Anyone who’s ever observed water melting and glistening on a piece of ice will get my project," shared Steinkamp. 

Steinkamp is a video and new media artist, as well as a professor in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts.

"Winter Fountains"

Thursday, Nov. 30 through March 18, 2018
Benjamin Franklin Parkway