3-week art immersion imagines past, present, future of Rail Park

Antionette Lee
October 03, 2019 - 9:18 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For three weekends in October, Philadelphia's Rail Park is turning into an immersive, multi-sensory, pop-up art experience looking at the past, present and future of the historic Reading Railroad corridor. 

Site/Sound is a fun and free space for the community to enjoy this month, says Jane Golden, director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, one of two partners working with Friends of the Rail Park on the project.

"It's sound, it's light, it's projection," Golden said. "It's a festival! It's so exciting!"

The series of multimedia installations make a unique use of the historic space near 9th and Spring Garden streets, bringing life to the existing Rail Park, and inviting visitors to imagine how it can expand. 

"And all the work thinks about the past, the present and the future of the Rail Park," Golden said, "and it really is asking Philadelphians, 'What do we want of our public space in the city?'"

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For three weekends in October, Philadelphia's Rail Park is turning into an immersive, multi-sensory, pop-up art experience looking at the past, present and future of the historic Reading Railroad corridor.
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Curator Gene Coleman, of partner American Composers Forum, says Sight/Sound is a place for everyone to enjoy music, art and every Philly flavors.

"We have jazz elements. We have world music elements. So, there's a lot of different flavors that are going to be on display for people," he said.

It opens to the public this Saturday with a kickoff festival featuring food trucks and performances. 

The festivities will continue for only three weekends: Oct. 5 - 19. Visit sitesoundphl.org for a full schedule of activities.