Race Street Pier Connector Now Open

Months after the unveiling of Race Street Pier, the Race Street pedestrian street connector is now complete.  What was once a dark underpass on Race Street beneath  I-95 is now flooded with colorful lights.   The connector project which entails lighting, landscaping, and other street- improvements is meant to reinforce the connection of Old City to the waterfront, and of Race Street to the Race Street Pier park.  The new public art installation is titled MARQUEE, it changes with the wind, ripples, tides, and vessels on the river.  A camera captures live images that are translated into sometimes abstract patterns of light.

The linkage is a critical piece of the city's long-term vision for the Central Delaware Waterfront.  One of the keys to an improved waterfront, officials believe, is overcoming the barrier of I-95 and reconnecting the city to the river.

Large yellow letters and arrows pointing the way to the city and to the river are key parts of the new space beneath the overpass.  They are also mounted on a metal mesh, lending and industrial feel to the project.  The effect is softened by lights that slowly changing colors.

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