Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.
Following its premiere in Philadelphia last fall, the Association for Public Art’s Center-supported Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, will be featured in the 2018 Light City Festival in Baltimore, MD, April 14–21.
Described as the country’s “first large-scale, international light festival,” Light City will present the participatory public art project as one of 21 light installations by international artists, which will be on view on the “BGE Light Art Walk” along Baltimore’s Patapsco River and Inner Harbor. As in Philadelphia, Baltimore’s festival goers will be able to take free rides in one of 27 custom luminous pedicabs, created by renowned Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. See the festival map for the Fireflies route and stops.>>
Originally commissioned by the Association for Public Art with Fung Collaboratives, Fireflies premiered on September 14, 2017 on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the occasion of the Parkway’s centennial. Fireflies is Cai’s largest public art project in the US in a decade.
For our Questions of Practice series, we spoke to Cai about the installation and the importance of audience participation in public art. Watch.>>