Winter Fountains
by artist Jennifer Steinkamp Presented by the Parkway Council and Commissioned by the Association for Public Art for Parkway 100
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Animation © Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy Lehmann Maupin & Greengrassi Galleries

Winter Fountains by Jennifer Steinkamp

December 2017 - March 2018, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

  • Presented by the Parkway Council and commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) for Parkway 100, with major support from the William Penn Foundation
  • Four large fiberglass domes will glow with Jennifer Steinkamp’s dream-like animated video projections, inspired by Franklin’s electrical research and the Parkway institutions
  • On view November 30, 2017 – March 18, 2018, nightly from sunset to midnight on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Domes will be installed at Aviator Park, Rodin Museum, Park Towne Place, and Spring Garden Triangle
  • Steinkamp is a world-renowned video and new media artist and professor in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts
  • Free public opening celebration and ceremonial lighting is November 30, 2017
Winter Fountains at night - rendering
Jennifer Steinkamp, Digital simulation for Winter Fountains, 2017. © Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, Greengrassi, London.

For Parkway 100, the centennial celebration of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Parkway Council presents Jennifer Steinkamp‘s Winter Fountains, a major installation commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA). Winter Fountains serves as a centerpiece of Parkway 100, which includes more than a year of public events and activities planned by the Parkway Council – a coalition of cultural and educational institutions, businesses and residences in the Parkway Museums District. Winter Fountains will be on view along the Parkway from November 30, 20107 – March 18, 2018, nightly from sunset to midnight, and is made possible with major support from the William Penn Foundation.

Animation still - Winter Fountains
Jennifer Steinkamp, Animation still of Winter Fountains, 2017. © Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, Greengrassi, London.

Inspired by the signature fountains of the Parkway, the installation features four 13ft-high and 26ft-wide architectural domes – metaphorical winter fountains – that will glow with Steinkamp’s phantasmagoric and dream-like animated video projections. Eight digital animations will be projected onto the surface of the domes in distinct hues, whether cool green or blue, or warm red/pink or yellow. The imagery reimagines the formation of electricity in clouds, inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s research and evoking the art and science explorations represented by the Parkway institutions. It’s a celebration of scientific inquiry.

“Anyone who’s ever observed water melting and glistening on a piece of ice will get my project,” says Steinkamp. She takes a universal observation in nature and magnifies it into an otherworldly experience.

Layers of animations evoke tiny dust particles colliding to create lightning or to spark static electricity; others depict water combusting into gas and steam. Asteroid-shaped particles hurl forward in space and liquid droplets contract and expand in different colors, motions and sequences. Otherworldly constellations of shapes appear to be coming at the viewer, moving up and down or changing directions randomly. In one dome, steam seems to rise in disconcertedly real-looking puffs.

The four sites where Steinkamp’s Winter Fountains will be installed on the Parkway: 1) Aviator Park 2) Rodin Museum 3) Park Towne Place Museum Residences 4) Spring Garden Triangle near The Oval

The four domes and 16 video projectors will be installed along the Parkway at Aviator Park in front of the Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum grounds near 21st Street, the Park Towne Place Museum Residences, and the Spring Garden Triangle near Eakins Oval, forming a glowing constellation within a mile-long landscape. Made of fiberglass and embedded with glitter, the “fountains” will shimmer in the day and glow in the evening.

The premiere for Winter Fountains – free and open to the public – will take place on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

 

For more information about Parkway 100, visit www.parkway100.org

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Winter Fountains logos - Parkway Council, Association for Public Art, William Penn Foundation

 

Support Winter Fountains!

Your gift will support the world premiere of Winter Fountains in Philadelphia.
Questions? Contact contributions@associationforpublicart.org

Donate

 

Sponsorship

Winter Fountains for the Parkway is presented by the Parkway Council and commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) for Parkway 100 in Philadelphia, with major support from the William Penn Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Association for Public Art (aPA); The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel; and individual donors. In-kind support is provided by Visit Philadelphia, Pennoni, The Franklin Institute, and Urban Sign. Our partners include the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Parkway 100 is also made possible through the generous leadership support of PECO, PNC Bank, and 6abc.

About the Artist

Black and white photo of artist Jennifer Steinkamp

Jennifer Steinkamp is an American installation artist who works with video and new media to explore ideas about architectural space, motion, and perception. In 1980, Steinkamp moved to Los Angeles to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, studying with Mike Kelley, Gene Youngblood, and Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe. She then transferred to the California Institute of the Arts, where she studied experimental animation. In 1991, Steinkamp returned to Art Center to earn her BFA and MFA and in 2011 was recognized by the school with an Honorary Doctorate. She is currently a professor in the department of Design Media Arts at UCLA.

Jennifer Steinkamp has participated in such noted exhibitions as Time Square Arts: Midnight Moment (2016), Prospect. 2 in New Orleans (2013) and executed a range of commissions, included the projection work 6EQUJ5 on the central dome of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Her installation art has been the subject of exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; among other venues.;and has toured with the band U2.

What is Parkway 100?

Presented by The Parkway Council – a coalition of cultural and educational institutions, businesses, and residences in Philadelphia’s Parkway Museums District – Parkway 100 is a year-long celebration to mark the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. From September 8, 2017, through November 16, 2018, the Parkway Council presents a calendar of exhibitions, events, community conversations and promotions that are themed to this important milestone. Jennifer Steinkamp’s Winter Fountains – presented by The Parkway Council and commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) – serves as a centerpiece for Parkway 100.

>> Learn more about Parkway 100

 

Parkway Council members include: the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Aimco/Park Towne Place, Association for Public Art (aPA), the Barnes Foundation, Brandywine Realty Trust, Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter & Paul, Center City District (Cret Park, Dilworth Park, and Sister Cities Park), Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, College of Physicians/Mütter Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, Fairmount Water Works, Fox Rothschild LLP, The Franklin Institute, Free Library of Philadelphia, Friends Select School, Independence Visitor Center, The Logan Hotel, Moore College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia Mormon Temple, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Philadelphian, and the Rodin Museum.

Explore the 2017 calendar of events for the centennial celebration:

October  |  November  |  December

 

 

About the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The development of the Parkway took place over decades, from the first proposal and signed petition received by City Council in 1891, to groundbreaking in 1907, and finally construction in 1917. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the Parkway’s October 26, 1918 completion in its story, “Parkway is Open From Hall to Park” (October 27, 1918, pg. 3). The one-mile Benjamin Franklin Parkway stretches from Philadelphia City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, connecting the city’s business district to Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban green spaces in the United States. Known as the Parkway Museums District, the cultural destination is home to some of the city’s most treasured museums, including the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Rodin Museum. The picturesque Swann Memorial Fountain at Logan Square is among the Parkway’s most scenic spaces and an example of the Parkway’s abundant public art, with a unique interpretive program by the Association for Public Art (aPA). Locals and visitors like to gather at the Parkway’s pocket parks, including Dilworth Park, Love Park, Cret Park, Sister Cities Park, and The Oval, or run the steps “Rocky” made famous. Trees and international flags line the boulevard, which is also known for its exceptional architecture. The Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter & Paul, Friends Select School, Moore College of Art & Design, and the newly completed Philadelphia Mormon Temple are also here.

Premiere | Thursday, November 30, 2017

Join us for the public opening of Winter Fountains by artist Jennifer Steinkamp

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm
Fels Planetarium, The Franklin Institute
20th St and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Free! Warm drinks and desserts will be served

5:30pm – 6:00pm – Remarks and light refreshments
6:30pm – Ceremonial lighting in Aviator Park (just outside)

6:30pm – 8:30pm – Dessert reception

Jennifer Steinkamp Winter Fountains rendering
Jennifer Steinkamp, Digital simulation for Winter Fountains for the Parkway, 2017. © Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, Greengrassi, London.

Join the artist, Parkway Council, and Association for Public Art (aPA) for a free public reception and ceremonial lighting of Jennifer Steinkamp’s Winter Fountains, in celebration of Parkway 100. Enjoy hot chocolate and refreshments indoors at The Franklin Institute before heading outside to Aviator Park to view one of four Winter Fountains light up with Steinkamp’s animated video projections. Afterward, explore all four dazzling and mesmerizing Winter Fountains along the Parkway.

 

Sponsorship

Winter Fountains for the Parkway is presented by the Parkway Council and commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) for Parkway 100 in Philadelphia, with major support from the William Penn Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Association for Public Art (aPA); The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel; and individual donors. In-kind support is provided by Visit Philadelphia, Pennoni, The Franklin Institute, and Urban Sign. Our partners include the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Parkway 100 is also made possible through the generous leadership support of PECO, PNC Bank, and 6abc.

 

Support Winter Fountains!

Your gift will support the world premiere of Winter Fountains in Philadelphia.
Questions? Contact contributions@associationforpublicart.org

Donate

Winter Fountains logos - Parkway Council, Association for Public Art, William Penn Foundation

 

About the Parkway Council
A coalition of cultural and educational institutions, businesses, and residences in the vicinity of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Parkway Council is dedicated to ensuring 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 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.

 

About the Association for Public Art (aPA)
The Association for Public Art (aPA, formerly the 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. Supporting originality and innovation while honoring the past, aPA advances opportunities for creative people to contribute to the city’s places and spaces. Established in 1872, aPA integrates public art and urban design through exemplary programs and advocacy efforts that connect people with public art.

 

Special thanks to those who helped make Winter Fountains possible:

 

Project Team

Artist: Jennifer Steinkamp
Technical Director: Andrew Southern, Andrew Southern Consulting
Artist Assistants: Dino Zhang and Julieta Gill
Technical Installation Assistance: Aaron Igler and Matthew Suib, Greenhouse Media, LLC
Contractor: Matthew Kensil and Anthony Piscielli, Pennoni Associates, Inc.
Dome Fabrication: EDON Corporation
PR Management: Anne Edgar, Anne Edgar Associates, Inc. and Sue Hamilton, Devine + Partners
Graphic Design: Eastern Standard
On-Site Signage: Urban Sign

For general inquiries, contact info@associationforpublicart.org, 215-546-7550

The media may contact Anne Edgar, anne@anneedgar.com, 646-567-3586 or Sue Hamilton, shamilton@devinepartners.com, 215-568-2525