So you’re spending this Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia. Your parents (or in-laws) are in town and they’re straight up jonesing to get out and about in Center City, or maybe they want to get some holiday shopping done on Walnut St. If that’s the case you absolutely need to check out Particle Falls.
What is it, you ask? Particle Falls is a public art installation projected onto the face of the Wilma Theater. It’s strangely hypnotic, calming, and beautiful. The particles of light are visual representations of the air quality being measured in real time by a meter placed on the opposite side of the street. I had a chance to see it in person, and it’s pretty awesome to gain some sense of how the air quality changes depending on the rate of traffic on Broad St.
Artist Andrea Polli teamed up with our friends at the Chemical Heritage Foundation to make this happen. It’s part of a larger project they’ve titled “Sensing Change” which is a combination of exhibit, website, and related programs that offer new visions of the threats and opportunities generated by a changing climate.
We’re telling you about this because Particle Falls is only up during the evenings until Dec 1st, so take advantage of the (nicer) weather this weekend and check it out before time runs out!
Particle Falls at Wilma Theater
265 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Particle Falls opened on September 26, 2013. Now you can view it nightly projected onto the Wilma Theater.
Behind the visual spectacle of Particle Falls lies complicated science. Learn more about how the work processes particulate data.
Have you ever wondered about the past and present state of our air, and what you might be able to do to promote, maintain, or advocate for air quality?