Last weeks to experience a watershed moment at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University

Watershed Moment, the multi-faceted project of Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences (the Academy) featuring art and sound installations and an outdoor adventure walk revealing the critical importance of watersheds in our lives, ends Sunday, October 30, 2022.

Featuring four experiences created by two teams of collaborating artists in response to the natural sciences and physical properties of water as it moves through the Philadelphia cityscape, Watershed Moment enables a deeper understanding of the Lower River watershed. Schuylkill and an appreciation of watersheds in general.

The project – the first public art commission presented by the Academy – is the flagship event of the institution’s 2022 Year of Water celebration, designed to connect people with their local waterways in order to inspire care and action to protect them on the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Watershed Moment was supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Last weeks to experience a watershed moment at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University Last weeks to experience a watershed moment at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University Last weeks to experience a watershed moment at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University

Philadelphia-based New Paradise Laboratories shaped the creative approach to Watershed Moment, which includes four art installations:

  • Attunement, a large-scale outdoor sound sculpture designed by David Gordon and fabricated by Jordan Griska;
  • How to Get to the River, a 1.5-mile round-trip urban watershed art adventure walk that takes participants from the main Academy Square where Attunement is located, along the micro-shed of Cherry Street to the Schuylkill River, culminating in Inside the Watershed;
  • Inside the Watershed, a sound installation created by artists Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips set inside a wooden arbor along the Schuylkill River Trail (click here to listen to a sound sample); and,
  • The River Feeds Back, an immersive sound installation, also by Lockwood and Phillips, presented at the Academy’s Dietrich Gallery.

WHEN

Until Sunday, October 30, 2022

Regular museum hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. reserved for members.

Getting to the river is free with general admission to the Academy; a stand-alone ticket costs $7. Timed tickets can be purchased online at ansp.org or at the museum. For ticket prices and special hours for Watershed Moment, visit Watershed Moment.

Founded in 1812, Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences is a premier natural history museum dedicated to educating and building a movement of environmentally engaged communities for a healthy planet. , sustainable and equitable. Our mission is to understand the natural world and inspire everyone to care for it. Since its founding, the Academy has sponsored expeditions; conducted basic research in systematics; built an irreplaceable collection of 19 million biological specimens; directed critical research on water and the environment; transforming the global understanding of freshwater ecology; and created an unequaled natural history library and archive. The Academy has provided public education for more than two centuries and today welcomes thousands of visitors as a premier cultural attraction in Philadelphia.

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