One of the tree houses built by Neiditz and Webber at Fort Mifflin for the Hidden City Festival. Or was it there before? Photo: Liz Spikol
You’re walking through the woods, along a path that snakes along the Delaware River. Alongside the path are broken, mysterious structures–ruins of buildings, wood and metal industrial tools that are hard to identify, tree houses with ladders that beg you to climb them. See a canvas rope embedded in sand, follow its length, and discover a wooden bridge that traverses the tidal waters of the Delaware–filled with all the things that have washed up on these shores. Can you guess what they are? A tube of lip gloss. A rubber duck. The hull of a boat. And bottles–dozens, maybe hundreds of plastic bottles.
This installation piece rewards curiosity. For hikers who always stay along a marked trail, the gauntlet is thrown: The only way to assuredly discover each and every one of Ben Neidetz and Zach Webber’s surprises is to let your imagination–and that of your kids, if you’ve got some–take flight.
Photo of Hawthorne Hall installation by Laura Kicey
The Hidden City Festival brings contemporary art and performance into forgotten and forbidden sites across the city for music lovers, urban explorers, ruin festishists, art enthusiasts, history buffs and, most especially, The Philadelphia Obsessive, that strange breed of person who gets flushed talking about the Sameric (sorry, the Boyd).
Property’s staff photographer Laura Kicey went to three Hidden City Festival sites to take photos now that the installations are in place. For some of the sites before, go to “Inside Some of Philadelphia’s Most Extraordinary Forbidden Buildings.”
Image: Courtesy Hidden City
The Hidden City Philadelphia Festival kicks into full swing this weekend with an Eraserhood/Loft District/Callowhill/Provence-zone block party with DJs, craft brews and food trucks (the obligatory triple threat for any Philly outdoor gathering). The party celebrates the official launch of the city’s most unique celebration–one we like to call the Fringe for the Forgotten.
The Fest brings contemporary art installations and performance into forgotten architectural spaces that the general public is generally too general to get into. It’s six weeks of programs to gratify music lovers, urban explorers, ruin festishists, art enthusiasts, history buffs and, most especially, The Philadelphia Obsessive, that strange breed of person who gets flushed talking about the fate of the Sameric (sorry, the Boyd) and who worries a lot about the Reading Viaduct.
So what could be better than a block party under the Viaduct to get things going? Nothing! For tickets, go here. For more info, there’s more. And More →
Photo: Laura Kicey
Yesterday tickets went on sale for the Hidden City Festival, which opens nine buildings to the public for the first time. The Festival runs for just six weeks with limited hours each day. Each space will have artistic or musical projects within, but it’s the buildings themselves that are the real draw. Property photographer Laura Kicey went to three of the venues this week and discovered their magic.