Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park

1/10: An overhead view of the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
2/10: A view of the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park with the Reading Viaduct to left. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
3/10: The PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
4/10: Abby Sohn’s Auditus Natura Terminale. Photo by Rob Cardillo, courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
5/10: An overhead view of the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
6/10: Abby Sohn’s Auditus Natura Terminale. Photo by Rob Cardillo, courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
7/10: Welcome and Hours sign at the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
8/10: The grand opening of the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
9/10: The alternating current arches that grace much of the Reading Viaduct. Photo by Liz Maillie.
10/10: Site-level design renderings commissioned by Center City District and produced by Studio Bryan Hanes, 2012. Photo by Studio Bryan Hanes. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) presented Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, a series of imaginative public installations and creative community programs led by local artists and historians that introduced audiences to the rich architectural heritage of the three-mile Philadelphia Rail Park. Utilizing archival research and community feedback gathered during a series of interpretive programs, local artists, designers, and historians created public installations inspired by the Reading Viaduct. These included Auditus Natura Terminale, a new ephemeral sound work by research-based artist Abby Sohn. The project culminated in a summer 2016 installment of PHS’ popular Pop Up Garden, inspired by the rail park’s native plant life and rich architectural heritage, while also considering its future.


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