Seated in his 1981 DeLorean time machine, Dr. Emmett Brown (a.k.a : The Doc) flips on his opaque silver glasses and announces, “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” Then, with a coy smile, he puts the pedal to the metal to propel himself and teenage sidekick Marty McFly to the day October 21, 2015.
If you’re a fan of classic cinematography, then you are probably familiar with this epic scene from Back to the Future II. For over 30 years we’ve eagerly awaited this day to come, and it’s finally just around the corner.
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If you’re a fan of free outdoor fitness classes in iconic Philly locales, listen up and listen good: The Oval’s Wellness Wednesdays kick off this Wednesday, July 22nd and they’re offering a slew of free classes that span the afternoon and evening. The best part? Almost every class — yoga! kickboxing! dance! — is free, and there will be food trucks lined up nearby all day, including the beloved Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies. Ah-mazing, right? Read more »
Workers putting the finishing touches on the colorful beer garden.
After being delayed after yesterday’s rain storm, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation are ready to officially open Eakins Oval tonight on the Parkway at 5 pm. I stopped by this afternoon to check out the space before the hordes come rushing in.
If you can, try to get there early so you can see the massive mural that’s been painted on the ground. Called Summer Kaleidoscope, it was done in collaboration with Mural Arts and Baltimore-based artist team Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn. Unterhalter and Truhn came up with the design and overlooked a team of 10 or 15 Mural Arts artists who laid down the paint—about 15 colors in all. One of those artists, Nathaniel Lee, was kind enough to take me up on a crane to get a bird’s-eye view of the mural in all its glory.
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The Oval opens this Thursday, July 16th, with an evening of activities including food trucks, face paintings and beer gardens, but the thing I’m most excited about is the huge, abstract and colorful mural that’s going to blanket the ground of the Oval while you take in all the summer’s activities.
The floor of The Oval will be emblazoned with a dynamic artwork called Summer Kaleidoscope by Baltimore-based artist team Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, who work with a mission to “transform public spaces into colorful vibrant experiences.” They’ve teamed up with Mural Arts on a piece they’re currently putting the final touches on. It’s expected to be completed by July 15th. According to press materials, the duo’s work has ranged from large-scale murals and installations to sculpture that’s been featured all over the globe.
On Sunday, Mural Arts released a photo by Kate Jacobi that shows the progress. It looks fantastic, almost seeming to bleed right in to the Parkway as it juts off to City Hall. Check it out below, and for more details about this week’s opening party, go here.
Left: The “A Reflection of Progress” pavilion; Right: Joe Boruchow’s “A Closed System”
Eager Philadelphians have been waiting with bated breath for the opening of The Oval’s “Future Sensations” exhibit, a giant light-up series of installations that have been touring around the globe. But there’s one local artist who isn’t looking forward to the show as he claims that the event’s sponsor, Parisian building materials company Saint-Gobain, ripped off his own design for one of the giant installations. Read more »
As we mentioned before, Eakins Oval will kick off for the season on May 30th, with a massive light-up art installation out of France called “Future Sensations.”
That closes on June 6th, which leaves the whole summer open on the beloved park on the Parkway. Today we’re getting word about what organizers have planned for the 2015 season. As in years past, The Oval will host a variety of activities—from live music, movie nights, yoga, a rotating lineup of food trucks and a beer garden—that will run from July 15th to sometime in August. Here’s a general overview of what you can expect each day of the week:
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“Pavilion 3: The Stuff of Dreams”
Philly loves a pop-up experience, and starting May 30th, there will be one of glowing proportions invading Eakins Oval, as “Future Sensations,” a massive art installation, sets up shop. Read more »
Do you like the idea of camping—cozy fire pits, ghost stories, S’mores—but don’t really love pitching tents or dousing yourself in bug spray? We have a solution: Outdoorsy Weekend at The Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway takes place October 3rd to October 5th, offering plenty of camping-inspired activities for all ages.
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