Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies

14 Sep - 8 Oct 2017
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

The Association for Public Art presents Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, an interactive, site-specific work by internationally recognized Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang. In collaboration with guest curator Lance Fung, the public artwork will feature a series of luminous, kinetic sculptures inspired by the traditional lanterns frequently displayed in the artist’s hometown of Quanzhou, China. Guo-Qiang will attach hundreds of glowing handcrafted Chinese lanterns to 27 customized pedicabs—part rickshaw and part kinetic sculpture—that will travel along the Parkway to be experienced in motion by carriage passengers, pedestrians, and motorists. The artist’s largest public art project in the US in a decade, the participatory installation is presented on the occasion of the Parkway’s centennial.

Fireflies will be on view along the Parkway Thursdays through Sundays for 4 hours each night, from September 14-October 8. 

Opening Celebration

Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:00 p.m. | Remarks and Performance at 7:30 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway

A one-time-only public performance directed by Cai Guo-Qiang will celebrate the opening of Fireflies. The artist will orchestrate a dream-like light and movement performance with the Fireflies pedicabs, creating a luminous choreography on the Parkway. The key participatory element of Fireflies commences the next day, as members of the public are invited to board the vehicles to take rides up and down the Parkway from Sister Cities Park to Iroquois Park near the Philadelphia Museum Art.