Philadelphia is hosting a dream-like light and movement performance entitled ‘Fireflies’ by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, where a fleet of 27 glowing pedi-cabs will parade down the city’s Grand Boulevard. Attached to each vehicle is a colorful array of handcrafted Chinese lanterns, taking the form of emojis, pandas, roosters, tigers, aliens, cars, trains, boats, submarines, helicopters, rocket ships, hamburgers, and sushi.

The motifs, evocative of the artist’s own childhood memories, have been re-imagined to become a set of 900 luminous lanterns handmade in Cai Guo-Qiang’s hometown of Quanzhou, China.

The installation has been commisioned by the Association For Public Art and Fung Collaboratives. Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘Fireflies’ debut on september 14, 2017. The 27 pedi-cabs will make their way along the parkway, creating a luminous choreography as the lantern characters bob up-and-down the street.

Following the opening ceremony, members of the public are invited to board the vehicles and ride from Sister Cities Park to Iroquois Park, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, while pedestrians and passersby can marvel at the aerial dance of luminous orbs from afar.

   

‘Fireflies’ is presented for four weekends every Thursday – Sunday from September 14 to October 8, 2017.