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Build a ‘People’s Tower’ at Dilworth Park

This public art project is a preview of next year's Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

The next edition of the biennial Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts isn’t until next year, but the Kimmel Center, which presents the festival, is whetting our appetite with a fun community project: the building, and toppling, of a cardboard tower in Dilworth Park.


PIFA Preview Celebration Week starts May 30 and runs through June 4. The public can help build an 88-foot cardboard structure called “The People’s Tower.” The tower, designed by  French artist Olivier Grossetête, will be built by those who have taken free workshops between May 30 and June 2; a ceremonial toppling of the statue will take place on the night of June 4


The building blocks workshops will take place between the 30th and the 2nd, with the building taking place throughout the day on the 3rd and the toppling the following night. Click here to find out more and register.


In between, a panel will be held at the Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden, on June 4 at 2 p.m., on art in public spaces. The international panelists will include Mural Arts Philadelphia founder Jane Golden, The Kennedy Center’s Robert van Leer, the Terni Festival’s Linda diPietro, the Lieux Publics’ Pierre Sauvageot, La Strada’s Werner Schrempf, Asphalt Piloten’s Anna Andereg and Grossetête, the “People’s Tower” designer. 

More will be announced about PIFA 2018 at a press conference Saturday, June 3, also at Dilworth Park.


Photograph by M. Fischetti, courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.



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