An estimated one million people use the Schuylkill River Trail throughout the year. The Fairmount Water Works is looking for artists to create prototype art installations for the Schuylkill Trail as part of the Circuit, a 250-mile long series of trails used by joggers, cyclists, commuters and more. The intent of the art installations is to grab the attention of people using the trail and connect them to the river. The art will serve as a creative, fun way to educate trail users about urban watersheds, water quality, history and more. Ideally the artwork will also feature new technologies and online platforms to promote sharing and connect to a large audience.
The selected artists will be a part of the project team led by The Fairmount Water Works, The William Penn Foundation, and Habithèque Inc., and includes Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, City Parks Association, Schuylkill River Development Corp, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bartram’s Gardens, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and City of Philadelphia representatives.
Together, the project leaders and team will collaborate with the artists to conceptualize and refine their projects into a prototype that will be installed and tested on the circuit. Feedback from trail users and lessons learned during this planning process will then be used to gain support for carrying out the actual works along the Circuit. Applications for this exciting opportunity are due by September 8, 2014.
Click here for the full Request For Qualification document and more information.