There I am looking cool and mysterious. Last night, Marianne and I went down to the Schuylkill River, between Chestnut and Market to look at Light Drift, a three-night art installation. Tonight is the last day, so if you want to see it, you'll have to hurry.
Here's the official explanation, taken from a post card somebody was kind enough to hand me:
LIGHT DRIFT is an interactive lighting installation which creates a field of reponsive and occupiable lighting elements along the edge of the Schuylkill River.
The lighting elements are shaped like orbs and are equipped with electronics that allow them to repond to the public and communicate with each other. The orbs on land use sensors to detect the presence of a erson and relay a radio signal to the corresponding orbs in the water, allowing visitors to create and choreograph patterns of light in the river. As viewers engage the orbs, the grid of lights in the water becomes an index of thea ctivities on land. Light Drift brings people together through their interaction with the orbs, creating new connections along the river's edge.
The work is credited to My Studio / Howeler + Yoon Architecture. You can find their website here, but you'll have to browse through a lot of different projects to find Light Drift. And you can find an article about the installation here.
It's free, it goes from dusk to dawn, and come morning they'll take it all away.
When Marianne and I were there last night, the adults stared into the river, trying to gigure out the patterns of shifting light. The children ran from chair-pod to chair-pod. Little kids, it turns out, love to sit on things that light up.
Below: Some more photos of the event, taken by M. C. Porter. The last shot is of a backup pod being carried to a waiting kayak to replace a light which (as you may notice in the first photo) burned out.