Buoys floating along Schuylkill illustrate public art installation concerning ecology

John McDevitt
June 26, 2018 - 4:21 pm
Mural Arts Philadelphia and Bartram's Garden partnered to create the educational public art exhibit called "Tide Field."

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Brightly colored buoys floating in sections of the Schuylkill River are part of an art installation to connect observers to the ecology of the river.  

Mural Arts Philadelphia and Bartram's Garden partnered to create the educational public art exhibit called "Tide Field." It features about 250 strands of greenish-blue and red buoys in the river in 11 different clusters, stretching from the Spring Garden Street Bridge to Center City with main groupings near Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia.

"They arch up — that's the position they are at now — because we are approaching high tide," noted Stacy Levy, who created the exhibit. "And you see an arch of blue and the red. And then at high tide you see only the red buoys are sticking straight up vertically. So there is a change of shape and a change of colors that you see."

The buoys are moved by the tides, currents and winds.

Another installation is called "River Rooms" — six wooden boat-shaped docks at Bartram's Mile and Bartram's Garden. Visitors can sit and watch the floating buoys, discuss the river, and fish off of a select few docks.

There will be programming surrounding the installations leading into the fall, including yoga, boating and glow-in-the-dark parades.

For more information, visit bartramsgarden.org.