The Philadelphia Science Festival knows: science is an art, and art is a science. We believe in the incredible importance of the arts as a tool to build critical thinking, and as an avenue for public engagement with complex and innovative concepts–notions that are at the heart of all scientific pursuits. That is why we are excited to showcase the 2019 STEAM Projects. These projects invite local artists to present interactive installations that join science and art. Visit these special offerings throughout the Festival–engage with them and learn from them–and help us to elevate the "A" in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ART, and math). For additional details on our STEAM projects, visit The Philadelphia Science Festival webpage.
Most projects will be displayed at the Carnival on the Parkway on Saturday, May 4.
Creativity takes flight in a series of workshops hosted by the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and Spiral Q. Gathering inspiration from the monarch butterfly, participants will build beautiful wings and artwork out of reclaimed and recycled materials, all while exploring migration patterns of the monarch butterfly.
WE ALL FALL DOWN: ARTISTS RESPOND TO THE EMERALD ASH
The Schuylkill Center will engage with artists to create new artworks out of dead and dying ash trees on the Schuylkill Center property. The emerald ash borer arrived in the United States in the Midwest in 2002. Since that time, it has rapidly decimated many forests, resulting in the death of millions of ash trees. The emerald ash borer and its distinctive D-shaped bore hole was first seen at the Schuylkill Center in Summer 2018, and extensive clearing of impacted (and soon to be impacted) ash trees has begun. The cleared wood has been made available to artists to create new works that call attention and educate about the emerald ash borer and other threats to Philadelphia’s trees. This project will make use of this unfortunate opportunity to make the impacts of this invasive insect more visible and understandable to people who might not know it is an issue.
BLUE SKY OR SKY BLUE?
Blue Sky or Sky Blue? is an interactive public art installation by Andrew Herzog that allows individuals to explore the spectrum of color in the sky. Blue Sky or Sky Blue? is made up of a series of free-standing wooden structures that support large mirrors. These mirrors are elevated at a variety angles to reflect only the sky. These structures act as instruments of measurement, creating the opportunity to see the sky not simply as blue or not blue, but observe the color changing dynamically throughout short periods of time as you walk through the installation.
KENSINGTON DERBY SCULPTURES
The Philadelphia Science Festival is proud to sponsor four Kensington Kinetic Derby Sculpture teams at this year’s Kensington Derby and Arts Festival. Taking place on May 11, the Kensington Derby & Arts Festival celebrates human-powered transit, neighborhood artists, and local businesses in Kensington. These human-powered, mobile pieces blend engineering, physics and art.