Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies

14 Sep - 8 Oct 2017
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Cai Guo-Qiang, installation view of Dream at Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Udine, 2008. Photo by Tatsumi Masatoshi. Courtesy of Cai Studio.

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.