Spectral Grove

Submitted by SOFTlab

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Client: Wexford Science + Technology, the University City Science Center, and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States

Artwork budget: $234,997

Project Team

Artist

SOFTlab

Client

Wexford Science + Technology, the University City Science Center, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Overview

Spectral Grove is a permanent outdoor public installation of cascading, latticed ribbons of colored aluminum and steel at the entrance of Pivot Park in West Philadelphia. Commissioned by developer Wexford Science + Technology, the University City Science Center, and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, Spectral Grove is situated at the juncture of 37th and Market Streets, an area which comprises the latest phase of uCity Square, a multi-block mixed-use development home to research labs, offices, and residential space.

Spectral Grove aims to recreate the connection between 37th Street, a pedestrian thoroughfare, and busy Market Street by emphasizing the new park situated at their meeting point. The sculpture simultaneously marks the park’s entrance and invites visitors inside with a grove of archways, woven together from intersecting bands of powder-coated aluminum in 28 colors.