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Art Around uCity Square

Overview 

 

The Science Center is located in the heart of Philadelphia's innovation ecosystem at uCity Square, a vibrant mixed-use community of ingenuity that is home to our corporate offices, our programs, and our vast ecosystem of scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators. With 2.5 million square feet of office and lab space, apartments and restaurants, an art gallery and a pocket park, our “legacy campus” extends from 34th to 39th Streets along Market Street. 

 

If you’re looking for our corporate headquarters or Quorum, the entrepreneurs clubhouse, come right to 3711 Market Street. Along the way feel free to stop for a cup of coffee, grab a bite to eat, check out the newest exhibit at the Esther Klein Gallery or play a game of chess at Innovation Plaza. With plenty of bike racks and ample public transit, it's easy to get around. 

 

About University City 

 

Surrounding the Science Center and uCity Square is University City – a vibrant community that boasts tree-lined streets, restaurants, shops, hotels – and talent. Three of the region's leading universities and two major hospitals call University City home. For more information about this bustling neighborhood, go to www.universitycity.org 

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Our Future Expansion 

 

uCity Square is growing! Working with our development partner Wexford Science + Technology, we are adding over four million square feet of mixed-use development to uCity Square that will include state-of-the-art lab and office buildings, retail, restaurants and new residential apartments, all wrapped around an open-air plaza. Together with Wexford, we’re creating a community of ingenuity where Greater Philadelphia's innovators, visionaries and entrepreneurs can flourish and thrive. 

Art Around uCity Square

 

STEAM is alive and well in uCity Square! Visitors may be surprised to learn that in addition to the Science Center’s natural affinity for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, there’s plenty of art throughout uCity Square. It all began back in 1975, when the Science Center held a public forum on Art and Science. Since then, the Science Center has opened an art gallery, installed a number of permanent public art pieces and established rotating exhibits throughout uCity Square. 

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  Light Matrix by Leo Villareal
Light Matrix by Leo Villareal
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  Blueprint by United Visual Artists
Blueprint by United Visual Artists
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  Generative Luminance by Soo Sunny Park; Halkin Mason Photography
Generative Luminance by Soo Sunny Park; Halkin Mason Photography

Percent for Art Program

 

Through the Percent for Art Program, the Science Center works with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) Percent For Art Program to commission innovative works of public art around uCity Square, as well as community-based public art programming. Some of our most recent projects include:

 

Light Matrix

by Leo Villareal, 2015
3601 Market Street

Light Matrix at 3601 Market Street activates the building's marquee canopy with an array of 3600 white LEDs. Sequenced with the artist’s custom software, this installation brings art to the street level, engages the public and creates a strong identity for the property. Villareal’s art fuses light, art and technology in a way that is uniquely appropriate for its context within uCity Square.

 

Blueprint

by United Visual Artists, 2014
3737 Market Street Lobby

Blueprint features a series of two aluminum light sculptures that reference analogies between DNA and computer code. The series embraces the relationship and parallels between art and science, creating compositions through the mathematical principles of logic that underpin life. As the work slowly changes over time, patterns fluctuate between varying degrees of complexity. Blueprint uses the basic concepts of evolution to create an ever-transitioning image. With cells literally transferring their genes to their adjoining others, color flows like paint across the canvas.

 

Generative Luminance

by Soo Sunny Park, 2014
3737 Market Street Atrium

Generative Luminance is composed of over 17,000 squares of diachroic glass attached, by hand, to stainless steel mesh. The glass and mesh have hard edges but still come together to make a form that is at once cloudlike, biomorphic and crystalline.  Close up, viewers can see the components of the structure, while from far away they can only see the large-scale form, and wonder, like scientists, at how it depends on some underlying structure.

 

Artworks funded by the Percent for Art program can also be found at the entrance to Innovation Plaza, above the entrance to 3600 Market Street, in front of 3624 Market Street, and outside the Monell Chemical Senses Center at 3500 Market Street. 

 

Visit https://www.philadelphiaredevelopmentauthority.org/percent-for-art  to learn more about the PRA Percent for Art Program. 

 

Rotating Exhibits

In addition to the permanent artwork that dots uCity Square, rotating exhibitions of thought-provoking contemporary art by local artists can be found in the ground floor lobby of 3711 Market Street.

 

Esther Klein Gallery

Located at 3600 Market Street, the Esther Klein Gallery uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology.