Friday Oct 04

Ghost Ship
10/04 – 11/03

Take a voyage along the Delaware River in the Waterfront Arts Debut Installation Ghost Ship, a 90ft, three-dimensional, light and water installation THAT'S MAKING IT'S NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE at Race Street Pier October 4 tO November 3, WEDNESDAYS THROUGH SUNDAYS FROM 7 PM TO 10 PM rain or shine.

The Delaware River flows through Philadelphia’s complex past and present social fabric. Its many tributaries run beneath our feet, under highways and neighborhoods, going largely unnoticed but still ever-present.

As early as 1676, ships were being built across the street from where you stand. These ships sailed on what was known earliest as the Poutaxat, Mochijirickhickon, and Lenapewihittuck, followed by the South River and Swedish River, before becoming known as the Delaware River. The Delaware was first used by the Lenni Lenape for hunting and fishing. These ships were later used to transport both free and enslaved people to distinctly different destinies. The waterfront envisioned by William Penn as a “Greene Country Towne” was later the birthplace of the United States Navy and are still used for the importation of products ranging from cocoa beans to crude oil. These vessels paved the path for Philadelphia to become the “Workshop of the world” in the United States, which is still visible today along the waterfront.

Inspired by the nuanced and complex history of the Delaware River in the 1700s, Biangle Studio created the site specific, three-dimensional light and water-based public art installation Ghost Ship. The 18th-century ship appears on the Philadelphia Waterfront as Ghost Ship for the month of October to shine a light on the shared history of the Delaware River, and reflect on its role in shaping Philadelphia today.

Take a self-guided audio tour along Race Street Pier into the landscape and social history of the Delaware River as you experience Ghost Ship. The recorded reflections of local experts and artists speak to the river’s importance to Philadelphia with diverse stories from before colonization to present day.

Artist: Biangle Studio
Curated By: Ryan Strand Greenberg
Engineering: Pennoni
Construction: AP Construction
Produced By: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
Supported By: William Penn Foundation and the Pennslyvania Council on the Arts
Sound Engineering By: Jesse Kennedy, Noah Donnelly and Ben Cassorla
Composed By: Jon Anderson
Project Manager: Maria Möller
Curatorial Support: Dianne Loftis
Fabricator: Consortium Eventtechnik


Friday, October 4 to  Sunday, November 3, 2019
Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 pm to 10 pm

Extended Hours begin Wednesday, October 23, 2019
See Ghost Ship Wednesday through Sunday from 6 pm to 10 pm

Details for parking and directions to Race Street Pier.

You may get wet while enjoying Ghost Ship. Wach your step!


To complement the Ghost Ship viewing experience, DRWC has partnered with the creators of Parks on Tap to bring visitors the pop-up River Beer Garden at Race Street Pier. The beer garden will debut on Friday, October 4th and run Wednesdays through Sundays through the end of the Ghost Ship installation on November 4th and feature beer from Mainstay Independence Brewery. 

Beer Garden Hours:
Wednesday to Friday, 5-10 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 12-10 pm

Visitors can also pop next door to Cherry Street Pier and enjoy food from local and nationally-recognized vendors Birdie’s BiscuitsCooperageHardena, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream, as well as drinks from the Cherry Street Pier bar. 


Keep an eye out for an opportunity to take a special Ghost Ship survey on-site for a chance to receive a special gift.


Rain or shine

The installation is free and open to the public.
Wheelchair accessible.
Dogs on leashes welcome.
Race Street Pier is a smoke and vapor-free zone.

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