Jennifer Steinkamp‘s Winter Fountains for the Parkway is commissioned by the Parkway Council with the Association for Public Art (aPA) for Parkway 100, and with major support from the William Penn Foundation.
Philadelphia’s grand cultural boulevard, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is turning 100. To celebrate, the Parkway Council – a coalition of cultural and educational institutions, businesses, and residences in the Parkway Museums District – is planning Parkway 100, which will include more than a year of activities to mark the centennial. From September 8, 2017, through November 16, 2018, the Parkway Council will present a calendar of exhibitions, events, community conversations, and promotions that are themed to this important milestone.
Steinkamp’s proposal includes four dazzling and enchanting ‘Winter Fountains,’ inspired by the signature fountains of the Parkway landscape, glowing with animated video…
Jennifer Steinkamp’s Winter Fountains for the Parkway – a temporary installation that will be experienced in Philadelphia from December 2017 through March 2018 – will serve as the centerpiece for the Parkway 100 celebration, illuminating and redefining the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at night. The Association for Public Art commissioned Steinkamp’s proposal, which includes four dazzling and enchanting Winter Fountains, inspired by the signature fountains of the Parkway landscape, glowing with animated video projections informed by the botanical, horticultural, and related collections found in the cultural and educational institutions that line the Parkway.
Jennifer Steinkamp works with video and new media to explore and share ideas about space, motion, and perception. Four large-scale architectural domes 13 feet high and 26 feet in diameter will become projection surfaces at night for the artist’s transformational artwork. Weather permitting, snow that falls while the project is on view will create supplemental and stunning projection surfaces for the artist’s flowing video animations. “The world premiere of Jennifer Steinkamp’s ethereal Winter Fountains will be emblematic of the collaborative spirit of the Parkway 100 celebration,” said Penny Balkin Bach, executive director and chief curator, Association for Public Art (aPA). “Steinkamp’s artworks at different locations along the Parkway will join the existing iconic images of Philadelphia’s grand boulevard – a nexus of remarkable public art, architecture, landscape, and world-class institutions.”
About the Artist
Jennifer Steinkamp is a world renowned artist and a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA. She has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at such venues as: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; and the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah. Her art has toured worldwide with the band U2. She has received many awards and recognition, she was the J. Paul Getty Artist in Residence, Getty Artist program in 2010-11, she was the US representative for the 11th Cairo International Biennale, Egypt; she received an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Steinkamp is featured in many prominent public art collections. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
A coalition of cultural and educational institutions and businesses in the vicinity of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Parkway Council is dedicated to ensuring that the Parkway Museums District realizes its potential as a truly unique cultural destination. The Council’s members are committed to creating a distinctive, vibrant, and welcoming place for local residents, visitors, and the institutions and businesses that share the Parkway. It works closely with the City of Philadelphia and other public and private organizations to identify the best strategies for enhancing and promoting the Parkway, and serves as a strategic partner and catalyst to ensure that those strategies are implemented.
Association for Public Art
The Association for Public Art (aPA, formerly Fairmount Park Art Association) commissions, preserves, interprets, and promotes public art in Philadelphia. The aPA is the nation’s first private nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a “Museum Without Walls” that informs, engages, and inspires diverse audiences. We honor the past while supporting originality and innovation, and we advance opportunities for creative people to contribute to the city’s places and spaces. Established in 1872, the aPA integrates public art and urban design through exemplary programs and advocacy efforts that connect people with public art. We respond to the conditions of our time, adding new perspectives to the civic landscape and maintaining a legacy for future generations, while promoting Philadelphia as a premier city for public art.
Pictured Above: Jennifer Steinkamp, Proposal for Winter Fountains, 2017. Digital rendering at Sister Cities Park, Philadelphia © Jennifer Steinkamp.