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Urban Sea Exhibit by Melissa D’Agostino

Date:Monday, September 26, 2016


Location: Fairmount Water Works (link to venue website)640 Water Works Drive Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Urban Sea letterpress postcard artist drawing scanURBAN SEA, a site-specific textile installation and interactive experience byMelissa D’Agostino, inspires conversation about the river’s historic role as a water mass and its future evolution based on the health of our watershed systems. Engineered to unfurl alongside the river between six of the historic pavilion columns, URBAN SEA will showcase 60 yards of silk organza fabric hand-dyed by the artist’s itajime technique of patterned vertical lines.

Viewers will see the one of a kind patterned tapestries blowing with the breeze, creating the billowing waves of an URBAN SEA. 

URBAN SEA will be on display from Monday, September 26 through Thursday, September 29. Exhibit times are as follows (under the FWW Pavilion):

  • Monday (4pm – 7pm)
  • Tuesday (4pm – 7pm)
  • Wednesday (4pm – 7pm)
  • Thursday (4pm – 7pm)

Urban Sea artist inspiration image thumbnail for webThroughout the exhibit, D’Agostino invites visitors to express their own thoughts of the experience at a poetry desk and drawing table. She’s also collaborated with a local letterpress maker to develop a commemorative card for URBAN SEA featuring a poem and drawing by the artist, as a special gift for each viewer to remember and share their experience of the installation.


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