Name change for Fairmount Park Art Association

    No longer the Fairmount Park Art Association, the now-Association for Public Art has announced its first major presentation.

    This fall, the aPA will present “Open Air” by Mexican-Canadian media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. It’ll be an interactive exhibit seen in the night sky above the Ben Franklin Parkway.
    Participants’ voices and GPS positions will control two dozen robotic searchlights placed along a half-mile section of the Parkway to create large scale three-dimensional “light sculptures” visible up to 10 miles away.

    As for the name change?

    “It has become increasingly important to communicate a definitive identity about who we are and what we do,” aPA executive director Penny Balkin Bach explained in the news release about the presentation.

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    The new name reflects the association’s work beyond Fairmount Park, which was the group’s initial focus.

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