Cherry Street Pier unveils art installations, events through the weekend

Rachel Kurland
November 01, 2018 - 12:03 pm
Cherry Street Pier

Maria Young


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you don't have plans yet for the weekend, Cherry Street Pier has you covered.

The Delaware River Waterfront revealed this week several events taking place Thursday through Sunday, ranging from interactive art installations and workshops to musical experiences and a flea market.

Thursday, Nov. 1

"You Are Magic," an interactive sculpture by artist Alicia Eggert, popped up Thursday morning, but you have to act quick to get your hands on it — the installation deflates Friday night at the pier.

The inflatable artwork is brought to life when two people hold hands while each person touches a kiosk with a handprint. The sculpture fills with air, revealing the brightly colored words "You Are Magic." When the two let go of each other's hands, the words begin to deflate.

You'll definitely want to bring a third friend for this Instagram-worthy piece.

Friday, Nov. 2

Another art installation opens Friday called "Bridge Works" by artist-in-residence James B. Abbott. The exhibition reveals rarely seen interiors of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge like you've never see before.

The exhibit will be installed in The Garage space at the pier for the month of November.
Also on Friday is the pier's first First Friday event, in which its artists-in-residence offer workshops and demos for the public to get an inside glance into the creative process.

The evening includes demos by CraftNOW, where visitors can sign up to take a hand-dying scarf class.

If you're not interested in getting your hands dirty, you can opt for The Parlor at the Tiny Room for Elephants studio from 6 to 10 p.m. The music series highlights Philadelphia-based producers like Camp Candle, NativeKid, Hectic Zeniths, host The Buy Bey, and curator Eric Boss. 

•The Parlor• Welcome to The Parlor happening @cherrystreetpier this Friday night 6pm to 10pm. This is an exclusive music series putting the spotlight directly on producers in Philadelphia changing the musical landscape by assembling the hottest hip hop beats this city has ever heard. This Friday night @campcandlecampcandle will be putting their collaboration in to focus with new sounds, @nativekid_ will be in the Parlor demonstrating his producing skills, @hecticzeniths is a newcomer with no shortage of experience, the host @thebulbey and curator @ericboss will be in the house. Come by to meet everyone and stay for awhile to listen to the tracks they’ll be laying down and get to know them! #tinyroomforelephants #thisisallbusiness #instagood #music #hiphop #creatingaculture #philly #phillygram #urbanbeats #artsyasf #musicproduction #cherrystreetpier #instamusic

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Saturday, Nov. 3

Get your haggling game face ready and your tote bags in hand: Philly Flea Markets will take over Cherry Street Pier Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. About 60 vendors will be selling antiques and all of your flea market fixings.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Sunday is the day to bring your kids to the pier.

Your little ones can participate in Sip-n-Paint at 1 p.m., where they will be led by Creative Connectors: Flygirrl x Artists First. Artists will walk kids through painting an original piece. You can buy tickets in advance for $20, which includes a canvas, paint, brushes, easel, towels, juices boxes and snacks. 

Also taking place on Sunday is a free children's festival, Playfest. From noon to 3 p.m., kids get to experience a day of play with upcycled games and activities, like building a fort, making a catapult, designing a cardboard mini golf course, and carving pumpkins.

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