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