And then, 90 minutes or so later, the sun broke out. Just a block away, at LOVE Park, the Fairmount Park Art Association launched its new multi-platform, interactive audio program, "Museum Without Walls: AUDIO." A festive air presided, with t-shirted volunteers handing out free water and, after a raffle, even a few iPod Shuffles.
The program encourages the public to experience 51 outdoor sculptures clustered around LOVE Park, the Parkway, and the Art Museum, by listening to three-minute audio segments, via cellphone or a downloadable app. (The segments can also be streamed at the website, www.museumwithoutwallsaudio.org
Listeners will hear artists Robert Indiana and Mark di Suvero discuss their respective works, the LOVE sculpture and Iroquois. And, they'll gain a better understanding of the contexts and significance of the works through the insights of experts such as Michael R. Taylor and Joseph Rishel, curators at PMA, or citizens of local prominence like John B. Kelly III (those Kellys) and Sarah Garonzik (of the Philadelphia Theatre Company).
As lunchgoers and passersby watched, and others pressed smart phones to their ears, Penny Balkin Bach, executive director of the Fairmount Park Art Association and Mark Focht, executive director of Fairmount Park, unveiled a plaque that introduced the LOVE sculpture as "an icon of American pop culture [that] made its first appearance as the artist's personal Christmas card."
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