Opening Celebration of "Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies"

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Join the Association for Public Art (aPA) and head to 22nd Street and the Benjmain Franklin Parkway for the world premiere of "Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies" on Thursday, September 14. This FREE event will feature a one-time-only public performance directed by the artist with hundreds of luminous, colorful lanterns attached to 27 pedicabs gliding along the Parkway. 

Remarks and performance at 7:30PM. Food trucks will be on site.

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"Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies" is a major public artwork for Philadelphia by Cai Guo-Qiang, commissioned by the Association for Public Art with Fung Collaboratives on the occasion of the centennial of the Parkway. Twenty-seven customized pedicabs with hundreds of luminous colorful lanterns will traverse the Parkway at night, drawing on memories of the traditional lantern festivals of the artist’s childhood.

Free rides in "Fireflies" will begin on Friday, September 15th, with one-way trips from Iroquois Park to Sister Cities Park and Sister Cities Park to Iroquois Park. Walk-ups are welcome and online reservations will be available.

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