Nature in the City

Visitors were given the opportunity to create their own terrariums Image Copyright: Institute of Contemporary Art

Visitors were given the opportunity to create their own terrariums

Image Copyright: Institute of Contemporary Art

This past week, the fellows at the Penn Program for Environmental Humanities helped produce a "Free for All" at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The Philadelphia community was invited to the event, which featured an environmentally-themed program celebrating the natural world via a wide range of mediums and contemporary artistic works. Included were Ben Warfield’s electronic music creations, David Kessler’s visual projections of plant life, and Lord Whimsy’s final reading of 'Affected Provincial’s Companio'. Guests also had the opportunity to create their own natural microcosm: terrariums. They were assisted by landscape designer Kate Farquar and artist Kaitlin Pomerantz.

    David Kessler's projections on a wall at the ICA. 

    Image Copyright: PPEH Fellow Allison Bart

PPEH was excited to be a part of the process. Allison Bart, one of the PPEH fellows, said, "There was a really good turnout at the event. It was packed and everyone seemed to be having a good time. It brought in all types of Penn students and faculty as well as members of the Philly community." Program Director Bethany Wiggin said, "It was a zoo."

We would like to thank the Institute of Contemporary Art for allowing us to take part, and are excited to attend more of their events in the future!

 

 

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(Images owned by PPEH Fellow Allison Bart unless otherwise noted)