Race Street Pier Nears Completion

Its crunch time for Race Street Pier as it nears its grand opening set for May 12.  the contractor is working round the clock to get the park open time for next months public opening, and a pre-opening fundraising party that aims to raise about $60,000 for waterfront activities.  The sky promenade is complete and there has also been progress on the Race Street connector project, which will link the pier park to Old City.  DRWC received arts commission approval for the lED screens that will go on the I-95 underpass.  the connector is set for completion by the end of June.  The lights are part of a public art component  featuring abstracted LED-crafted images of the real-time wave and current patterns of the Delaware River.  Artist Richard Torchia explained how a camera, positioned at the end of the pier and focused across the river, will capture images and send them to a computer housed in the old Philadelphia Water Department building next to the underpass.  By abstracting the water's plays of light and movement, the piece would remind pedestrians that a river lies beyond.

Officials also see an exhibition use in the future for Pier 9.  Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe said that they'd like to use Pier 9 for Festival- an event at the end of their two-week festival featuring restaurants from around the city.  The event would be the launch of Pier 9 as an exhibition space.

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