Plastic Fantastic by Diedra Krieger

The French call it en plein air—painting outdoors. But Monet and Renoir would scarcely recognize Philly's version of it. The second annual Art In The Open takes place June 9-12 along the banks of the Schuylkill (roughly from Fairmount Water Works to Bartram's Garden) and offers much more than easels and landscapes. The highly interactive Art In The Open festival includes video installations, kayak tours, dance performances, costume-making workshops, and sculptures such as the one pictured above, made from more than 6,000 post-consumer water bottles and due to be installed on the lawn near the Fairmount Water Works. Check out the events page for a full listing and calendar.