Esther Klein Gallery Presents Conformations- The Art of Science
University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery boasts gleaming white walls and an abundance of natural light streaming in from the glass-paned entrance. Less than 10 strides separate the center of the exhibit area from the bright bustle of uCity Square and Market Street. Yet within a few minutes of entering the wide, open space, a hush falls that drops a veil between the viewers and the outside world—an apt transformation for Laura Splan’s Conformations series, now on view.
The University City Science Center—one of the country’s oldest and largest research parks—is located in the uCity Square area of University City. Ventas and Wexford have developed nearly 1 million square feet in uCity Square, a 6.5 million-square-foot, mixed-use community of retail, residential, clinical, office, and lab space concentrated around an open-air public square.
In 2001, Ben Doranz and Sharon Willis set up shop on a two-person lab bench at the Science Center’s Port Incubator. Today, Integral Molecular is a biotech leader that has grown steadily to 26,000 square feet at uCity Square, a joint development among the Science Center, Wexford Science & Technology and Ventas. As they’ve each grown, Integral and uCity Square have sunk deep roots in West Philadelphia, serving as model citizens who play active roles in workforce and economic development and community outreach.