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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Click here to learn more about the PRA Percent for Art Program.