The Spring Garden Gateway Project: An Interactive Light Installation Under 95

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If you liked J. Meejin Yoon's interactive Light Drift installation on the Schuylkill River last October, then you're going to love this new project by the Mural Arts Program, in conjunction with the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association, which plans to bring a more permanent light installation to the city. The Spring Garden Gateway Project is an interactive light installation created by Sarah Zimmer and Kim Brickley, which hopes to cover the I-95 underpass at Second and Spring Garden Streets with Lightwild Pixel LED lights and motion sensors to "transform the space into an interactive environment that pulses with light and movement."


People, bikes and cars would all activate motion sensors, which (depending on the speed and position of said commuters) would activate pixels varying in color and brightness. The display would be ever-changing and depend entirely on the commotion of the city around it. Michael Sebright is the architectural consultant on the job, Adam Rokhsar of Harvestworks is the interactive programmer and Billy Hodges of Illuminations is the lighting consultant on the project.

While still in planning stages, the project's Facebook page proudly announces that it's a finalist for the Knights Art Challenge Philadelphia grant, as well as some plans to hold a fundraising event this spring, all to help raise the nearly $50K needed to get the project off the ground.