OPEN AIR Wrap-Up: Thousands Participate in Lozano-Hemmer Installation

November 26th, 2012|Comments are off for this post


Thousands of people from all over the world participated in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s OPEN AIR installation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, making it the largest crowd-sourced public art project ever seen in Philadelphia. Commissioned by the Association for Public Art, OPEN AIR transformed Philadelphia’s night sky every evening from September 20 – October 14, 2012 with 24 powerful robotic searchlights directed by participants’ voices and GPS locations. To learn more about the project, visit

Photo: James Ewing


>> An estimated 17,000 people visited the Benjamin Franklin Parkway throughout the project

>> Close to 6,000 messages were recorded in over 20 languages (including Russian, Portuguese, Hebrew and Cantonese)

>> The OPEN AIR iPhone app was downloaded more than 7,000 times

>> Nearly 63,000 visited from 92 countries throughout the world

>> Messages from 127 famous Philadelphians were featured
in the project’s pre-recorded “Voices of Philly” archive, compiled in partnership with WHYY

Download the press release:

Philadelphia’s Open Air inspires Memorial Tributes, Marriage Proposals, Lullabies, Rants and More, Draws Participants from 92 Counties, and Welcomes Thousands of Visitors to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway




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