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OPEN AIR Philadelphia

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"OPEN AIR" Philadelphia

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From now (it began in September) until October 14, 2012, internationally acclaimed new media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s public art project “Open Air” will illuminate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with enormous three-dimensional light formations in the night sky.

Every night from 8-11 p.m., participants can use their voices to activate 24 robotic searchlights placed along a half-mile section of the Parkway, all via a custom iPhone app developed for “Open Air.”

The app analyzes the users’ voices for frequency, intonation and volume, and then converts them into unique searchlight formations in the sky.

The lights react, both in brightness and position, creating a canopy of light over the city.
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Michelle Alton
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    I shot this hand-held with my Canon 24-70mm lens (the original, not the most recent incarnation) which has no image stabilization.
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The tall, colorfully lit building toward the left of the frame is the Comcast Center, Philadelphia's tallest building. To the left, and seemingly dwarfed, is City Hall (more than two miles from where I was standng). Benjamin Franklin Parkway is lined on both sides by flags from countries around the world--each lit with its own flood light. They appear yellow in this image.


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10/9/2012 9:34:21 AM

 
Terry T. Ruvalcaba
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nice capture, love the blue lights!


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10/9/2012 12:14:35 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Michelle,Beautiful cityscape my friend.Excellent low light capture.Amazing what is art now,always changing!!!!


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10/9/2012 12:47:18 PM

 
Monnie Ryan
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What a fantastic concept! Not sure I'm totally fine with using a cell phone app while driving, but I've gotta love technology! Absolutely gorgeous capture!


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10/9/2012 1:32:02 PM

 
Mike Clime
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Beautiful night shot and love all of the lights!


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10/9/2012 1:33:46 PM

 
Jack Gaskin
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COOL Makes me think of WWII night air raid Pics

Jack


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10/9/2012 1:35:41 PM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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JMichelle, wonderful


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10/9/2012 1:56:56 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Wow, what a cool thing! I bet you'll be there on several nights to get some more interesting pics


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10/9/2012 3:21:29 PM

 
John Connolly
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You have a flair for nightshots Michelle! This is a superb hand held capture, I hope you took some more images!


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10/9/2012 4:10:31 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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The tones, lighting, detail, clarity & mood are exceptional, Michelle! Incredible job!
Would not mind experiencing this event!
You make Philly very enticing, my friend!


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10/9/2012 4:31:27 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Fantastic work, Michelle!


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10/9/2012 5:27:15 PM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Very cool Michelle! Fabulous capture!


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10/9/2012 8:12:26 PM

 
Ann Coates
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What a stunning image Michelle and what a quirky idea this is. Sounds like something that would work in our battered city at the moment. We did have the lights of hope but I think its time to move on and think more positively and this would certainly be a cool idea, although to be honest we don't have too many tall buildings left.


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10/9/2012 8:49:23 PM

 
Paul E. Earl
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This looks fabulous Michelle! Wonderful capture.


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10/10/2012 2:35:42 AM

 
Connie J. Bagot
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Lovely image---love those lights and the story behind them!


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10/10/2012 5:02:46 AM

 
Joyce S. Court
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What an unusual concept. Creative minds abound.


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10/10/2012 5:04:18 AM

 
Nancy L. Green
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SPECTACULAR capture Michelle, gotta LOVE today's technology!!! <><


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10/10/2012 9:00:20 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Amazing capture Michelle.


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10/10/2012 12:07:26 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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Beautiful capture and interesting story, Michelle!


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10/10/2012 5:06:38 PM

 
Brett Dolsen
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Spectacular scene and story Michelle!


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10/11/2012 3:31:34 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Excellent commentary, as always and kudos for the spectacular handheld capture without IS. ...you are one adventurous and spunky lady! I've never heard of this technology before (Austin needs this!) -very cool - but can't help but wonder what a laugh like Fran Dresher's would do to the light beams...Incredibly-Steady-Hands-Michelle, indeed!


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10/11/2012 4:47:23 PM

 
Gina M. Savage
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Wow! This is so impressive and stunning, Michelle! A favorite for me.


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10/12/2012 8:13:25 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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Very neat Michelle!!


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10/14/2012 6:09:56 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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Fantastic color, details and capture, Michele!


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10/16/2012 7:01:44 AM

 
Jill Odice
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You must have very steady hands Michelle! This is so crisp and sharp! Bravo :-)Beautiful night time shooting!


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10/16/2012 11:08:13 AM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Terrific night capture, Michelle! Very crisp, clean and detailed. And what an amazing story to go with it!


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10/17/2012 9:21:58 PM

 
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