Two Philadelphia public art projects commissioned by the Association for Public Art – Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s OPEN AIR (2012) and Sol LeWitt’s Lines in Four Directions in Flowers (2012) – have been named among the 50 best public art projects by the 2013 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. Chosen from more than 250 submissions from across the U.S., the awards were given to “the most exemplary, innovative, permanent or temporary public art works created or debuted in the previous year.”
by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (b. 1967)Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 21st and 24th Streets
Inspired by Philadelphia’s rich tradition of democracy and respect for free speech, “OPEN AIR” transformed Philadelphia’s night sky with 24 powerful robotic searchlights that were directed by participants’ voices and GPS locations.
Lines in Four Directions in Flowers(2012)
by Sol LeWitt (1928 - 2007)Terrace northwest of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at Waterworks Drive
Thirty years after the Association for Public Art originally commissioned the work in 1981, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and OLIN architects temporarily brought this Lines in Four Directions in Flowers to life.