Mary Mattingly: WetLand

Via Philadelphia Fringe Festival


To ignite imaginations around the future of environmental conservation by creating a large and visually stunning art installation along the Delaware River complete with solar panels, gardens and more

FringeArts will commission artist Mary Mattingly to ignite imaginations about a sustainable future by creating a large and visually stunning utopic floating structure called WetLand. A participatory art project, WetLand will be a water-based ecosystem replete with solar panels, gardens and housing, erected on a floating barge docked along the Delaware River. Creating an island-like environment, WetLand will be an educational space that visitors can board and explore, stirring thoughts about water usage and the environment.

Since 1997, FringeArts, formerly known as Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, has explored the boundaries of art by bringing the newest, most cutting edge and highest quality performances to Philadelphia from around the world, as well as commissioning new public art works. Its lab program nurtures the development of local artists through residency programs, performance opportunities and more. Each September, FringeArts presents an annual citywide festival, featuring renowned and emerging artists. Beginning in fall 2013, FringeArts will present national and international artists year-round at its dedicated new state-of-the-art facility on the Delaware River waterfront in Old City.

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Philadelphia Fringe Festival

FringeArts presents the world's most cutting-edge, high-quality artists, amplifying the vibrancy of Philadelphia as a renowned cultural destination and an unparalleled place to live, work, and visit. FringeArts experiences are entertaining, intellectually challenging, provocative, and moving.