New art installation at Independence Seaport Museum addresses our relationship with water

Hadas Kuznits
October 10, 2019 - 3:38 pm
A new temporary exhibit opens Saturday in the Delaware River outside the Independence Seaport Museum.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new temporary exhibit opens Saturday in the Delaware River outside the Independence Seaport Museum. 

The exhibit is called "Flow," and curator Leslie Kaufman with Philadelphia Sculptors explains it features 10 floating works of art in the boat basin outside the museum.

“It’s the relation of the water to humanity. It’s how people respond to nature," she explained. 

Artist Elizabeth Mackie says her art installation is called "Addressing The Delaware."

“The message is about global warming and the rising sea levels.”

There’s a sub-message dealing with microfibers, which are “Little tiny fibers (from synthetic fabrics) that go into the water and are starting to be detected all over the world," Mackie added. 

Meanwhile, Ligia Bouton helped create fictional birds that have evolved to live in a bundle of six with their necks bound together. Another set of birds she created have plastic cutlery for feathers.

“We wanted to reflect in a really visual way a sort of dystopian future in which the birds have had to mutate further and further to accommodate our plastic waste.”

A new temporary exhibit opens Saturday in the Delaware River outside the Independence Seaport Museum.
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There’s also a giant head that gets submerged in and out of the water with the tide, an igloo made of gallon jugs, river grass made of ceramic plates and metal rods with lights, and much more. 

“Hopefully, what we’ve done with this project is created a venue that will allow people to stay with this message," said artist and writer Matt Donovan.

The installation runs through Dec. 7 at the Independence Seaport Museum.