Benjamin Franklin Parkway turns 100 years old this year, and the Association for Public Art has announced the dates of a massive, mobile art installation from an internationally renowned artist to mark the occassion.
The Parkway will “Fireflies” installation from September 14 to October 8,2017 by New York-based Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. Commissioned by the Association for Public Art and Fung Collaboratives, the project will consist of 27 “luminous, kinetic sculptures inhabiting the form of free pedicabs,” as an APA release says.
The installation’s opening ceremony will include an elaborate performance in which “900 Chinese-inspired lanterns will create aerial drawings in the night sky,” the New York Times reports. ‘Fireflies,’ the APA says online, was inspired by Cai’s childhood memories of traditional lantern festivals.
“Perhaps the many colors and shapes of the glowing lanterns will remind viewers of the multiplicity of people who come from around the world to root in the United States,” Cai said of ‘Fireflies’ in a statement to the Times.