See the colorful light installation at Camden's new pop-up park: 'Blue Hour' - Technical.ly Philly

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Sep. 17, 2014 8:56 am

See the colorful light installation at Camden’s new pop-up park: ‘Blue Hour’

It's part of an effort to transform Camden by investing in public space.

An art installation at a Camden pop-up park, Fall 2014.

(Photo courtesy of New American Public Art)

A soft blue glow lights up Camden’s new pop-up park.

That’s thanks to Blue Hour, an art installation by Philadelphia’s New American Public Art collective. Bulk containers usually used to store liquid are transformed into colorful light diffusers. As park visitors walk by, motion sensors make the lights change color.

Much of the fabrication was done at makerspace NextFab, where New American Public Art member Bevan Weissman is a member.

BlueHour

(Courtesy of New American Public Art)

The pop-up park and art installation were funded by a $30,000 William Penn Foundation grant, the Inquirer reported. It’ll be up until December or later, depending on feedback, Weissman told us.

It’s “part of a growing movement to revitalize by investing in public space,” Anthony Perno, CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, told the Inquirer. He likened it to “The Porch,” the public plaza outside Philly’s 30th Street Station.

Below, watch Blue Hour in action.

New American Public Art worked with Group Melvin Design, Sikora Wells Appel and the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership on Blue Hour.

Other local organizations, like Public Workshop, are doing work in Camden with the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership. Public Workshop spent the summer building a skatepark in Camden.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

  • thegreengrass

    This park is awesome! I’ve been watching them put it together over the past few months, and it really makes me happy. I was over there a few days ago, during the day, and it was really nice.

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