Magic Carpet Opening at Eakins Oval

THE OVAL (Eakins Oval, Philadelphia’s “Park on the Parkway”)
JULY 16 – AUGUST 17, 2014
OPENING: JULY 16 | 5:30 – 10PM

Join the Association for Public Art, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Mayor Michael Nutter at The Oval for the public celebration and official kick-off of Magic Carpet. The event is free for all ages, and the evening will include food trucks, performances, face painting, crafts, and more.

For more information about The Oval, click here.

About Candy Coated

Based in Philadelphia, Candy Coated (formerly Candy Depew) is a multimedia artist who works internationally. An enthusiast of the decorative arts, her work brings together installation art, popular culture, fantasy, fashion, printmaking and a passion for vivid color. Last year, she created Candy Coated Wonderland, an installation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that reinterpreted children’s fancy dress costumes from the Museum’s collection. Candy established her “Studio School” of decorative art & design in Philadelphia. She has also worked as Master Printer at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. A recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Candy complete d her MFA at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and worked with The London Consortium at the Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom. Visit candycoated.org

About Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation advances the prosperity of the city and the progress of her people through intentional and sustained stewardship of public land and waterways as well as through safe, stimulating recreation, environmental and cultural centers. PPR helps Philadelphia’s children and other residents grow by connecting them to the natural world, to each other, and to fun, physical and social opportunities. For more information, find Philadelphia Parks & Recreation online at www.phila.gov/parksandrecreation and follow @philaparkandrec on social media.

About The Fairmount Park Conservancy

The Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion the Fairmount Park system. Its mission is to work as a collaborative partner to lead and support efforts which preserve and improve Fairmount Park to enhance the quality of life and stimulate the economic development of the Greater Philadelphia Region. The Fairmount Park Conservancy fulfills its mission by leading signature capital projects and innovative programs throughout Fairmount Park; by developing and leveraging resources for the park; and by promoting the parks’ unique assets and contributions. The Fairmount Park system covers more than 10,200 acres and is considered one of the largest urban park systems in the world. It includes a network of more than 100 neighborhood parks and contains some of the region’s most famous treasures and attractions. For more information, visit fairmountparkconservancy.org

About the Association for Public Art

The association for Public Art commissions, preserves, promotes, and interprets public art in Philadelphia. Since it’s founding in 1872 as the nation’s first private nonprofit organization dedicated to public art, the aPA has worked with artists, communities, and civic leaders to make encounters with art a part of everyday life, creating a Museum Without Walls that is free and accessible to residents and visitors. Working closely with city agencies, the aPA remains today a central resource and contributor to Philadelphia’s enduring reputation as an important place to view and experience the evolution of public art. Through aPA’s free, interactive public programs, website and publications, Philadelphians and visitors are invited to experience civic spaces enlivened by artists and art; to discover the city’s vast collection of public art; and to connect a shared cultural legacy. For more information, visit associationforpublichart.org.

Commissioned by the Association for Public Art for The Oval, a partnership of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy

Photo compliments of aPA.

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