To celebrate the kickoff of Philly Tech Week 2015, InLiquid presents ArtSeek and Jacob’s Ladder, a unique pairing of an interactive game with an art installation at Dilworth Plaza.
Public sculpture at Dilworth Plaza becomes the real-world game pieces in ArtSeek. An interactive digital game designed by Jenna Savage, Ashley Scrivener, and Museum Educator Nicole Hewitt. Players are invited to talk about art and each other in unexpected ways. ArtSeek encourages players to look creatively at their environment and engage with the art around them, including Jacob’s Ladder by Gina Michaels, temporarily installed at the Plaza for the kickoff event.
Jacob’s Ladder takes inspiration from Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Column, an abstract sculpture in which a single symmetrical unit is stacked repeatedly, creating a rhythmic pattern that can be extended infinitely upward. In addition to referencing the modernist sculpture, Jacob’s Ladder evokes the Old Testament story in which Heaven and Earth are united, tying together ancient and modern cultural elements. The placement of the piece in Dilworth Plaza is intended to highlight the presence of the Brancusi collection at the opposite end of the Parkway in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and to provide a contemporary complement to the Claes Oldenburg Clothespin, which is itself an homage to Brancusi’s Kiss (also in the PMA collection).