Imaginative Lighting Proposed For Fishtown


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At tomorrow’s Art Commission meeting, Karen Thompson of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will present artist Donald Lipski’s designs for the landscape project bringing Columbia Avenue from Girard Avenue to Penn Treaty Park. The project, a partnership between DRWC, New Kensington CDC, and PennDOT, will not only seek to connect the neighborhood with the river, but the aesthetic relief from the “jumbled array lines and poles, traffic signals, and a power sub-station” will connect the Old World with the New, says Lipski.

“The Three Clans” honors the indigenous Lenape, who were traditionally divided between the Wolf, Turtle, and Turkey clans. Those three animals will be featured prominently in the lamppost designs for the site.

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Lipski explains that “the quest was to find images, symbols, that would tie the neighborhood to the water, and evoke the spirit and history—both ancient and recent—of Fishtown. Along with the other improvements, my solution, will help to define and regularize this cluttered path, creating a dramatic, high impact chain of sculptures, day and night.”

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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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