Water installation anchors Philly's shipping history to Delaware River

Ghost Ship
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Unlike ships passing in the night, a new art installation will take temporary siege under the Benjamin Franklin Bridge for the next month.

"Ghost Ship" debuts Friday in the Delaware River underneath the bridge, illustrating a 90-foot, three-dimensional light and water art installation that highlights the history of Philadelphia's waterfront.

"This creates an arch and you have like a semicircle, and that's what the screen is shaped like," Baba added.

"The entire mission of the organization and the master plan is to reconnect Philadelphia to its waterfront," he said, "so we do that through physical construction of parks and trails and connector streets, but then now also through the arts."

Forkin noted "Ghost Ship" represents one that would have "frequented the Philadelphia port in the 1700s, bringing both cargo and people."

There will also be an audio component that includes the archeological significance of shipping in Philly, as well as shipmaking. Viewers can download it on their smartphones.

"You can use that on your device that you bring with you," Forkin added, "and hear different narratives that were recorded along with the installation."

The installation will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 to 10 p.m., through Nov. 3.