Art in the Air Exhibit Opens on Philadelphia Skyscraper September 2, 2011

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Breadboard and PECO partner to bring a digital art exhibit to PECO's Crown Lights.

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A 21st century interpretation of William Penn’s “greene country towne” will appear atop the PECO Crown Lights as the first Art in the Air exhibit of 2011 opens Friday, Sept. 2.

"The Green and Growing City" was created by Timothy Wingert specifically for the PECO Crown Lights as an animation reflecting both the life and energy of the city as well as Philadelphia's leading role in making urban areas "green" and artistically integrated into their natural surroundings. This 30-second animation of nature's growth and life cycles seen on top of one of the city's prominent structures represents what William Penn's idea of a “greene country towne” is all about.

Wingert’s work will be shown alongside “Dancers” by James Simpson and “Cool Waves” by Chris McManus. All three pieces will be displayed on the Crown Lights each Friday in September from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Art in the Air is a partnership between Breadboard, a program of the University City Science Center that explores the intersection of art, science and technology, and PECO. The September artworks were selected by Breadboard and PECO.

New exhibits will be mounted in October, November and December. In January, PECO and Breadboard will select the “Best in Show” works, selecting up to three pieces featured during the four, month-long exhibits for a chance to receive a $1,000 prize from Breadboard.

“Art in the Air” was launched in 2010 during Philadelphia’s annual Welcome America Celebration, commemorating the first anniversary of the launch of PECO’s new energy efficient LED Crown Lights system. In 2010, PECO featured the works of more than 20 different artists atop the lights as part of the program.

Artists interested in submitting their work for consideration should click here or submit their work to artintheair(at)sciencecenter(dot)org. More information about the PECO Crown Lights is available at

About Breadboard:
Breadboard is a program of the University City Science Center that explores intersections between contemporary art, design, science and technology. Expanding on 30-plus years of Esther Klein Gallery programming, Breadboard's mission is to convene communities around creative applications of technology. Breadboard also manages the Esther Klein Gallery (now known as EKG) at 3600 Market Street.


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