The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is proud to announce it is the recipient of a $5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to further implement the Master Plan for the Central Delaware, which advances...
Race Street is a key street with an at-grade
crossing under the I-95 expressway, directly connecting Old City to the
Delaware River and the Race Street Pier. It is only a minute walk from the
corner of Race and Second Streets to the river. To make the connection more
apparent to pedestrians, DRWC hired James Corner Field Operations, the firm
which designed the Race Street Pier, who used a combination of design elements
to enhance connectivity to the river and improve the pedestrian and bike
experience including a dedicated bike lane, signage, benches, bollards, curb
realignments, increased sidewalk widths, crosswalks, plantings and a dramatic
light screen along the right-side wall of the underpasses. The screen is
made of expanded metal with colorful lighting and bold signage. In addition to
the River and the City directional signage, the smaller characters on the light
screen represent a graphic timeline of the historic flooding events of the
Delaware River, recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s
(NOAA) National Weather Service at Pier 11. The flooding events are registered
by month, year and peak flood height. The timeline adds visual interest while
further emphasizing the relationship and connection of the city and the river.
In addition to these design elements is also Marquee, a public art project commissioned by the City of Philadelphia's Percent for Art Program in cooperation with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. Marquee was designed by Richard Torchia, with Aaron Igler and Matthew Suib from Greenhouse Media, and is comprised of a 4' by 60' LED screen mounted on the west-facing beam of the I-95 overpass above Race Street in Old City. This LED screen displays live-feed images of the surface of the Delaware River, captured by a camera at the water's edge, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week. Never the same twice, the real-time depictions of the water displayed on the screen are constantly shifting according to weather and lighting conditions, as well as boating patterns and river wildlife.
In addition to drawing pedestrians toward the waterfront, these images may also encourage pedestrians to re-imagine the cascading roar of the overpass traffic as the sound of waves. The work reciprocates the gesture made by the Race Street Pier, an urban park that brings the city to the river: Marquee brings the river to the city.
To watch a video of Marquee, visit: http://creativephl.org/marquee