The Free Library will celebrate with a grand opening for the public on Friday, April 12, which will include an unveiling of new work by Philadelphia-based artist Colette Fu, created exclusively for the Free Library, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, which sits within Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Fu’s series of four striking tunnel books—three-dimensional acrylic works inspired by traditional paper tunnel books—pay homage to the six stories of historic stacks that were dismantled in order to open up Parkway Central’s newest public spaces.
Originally designed by Julian Abele, a prominent African American architect from Philadelphia, the Parkway Central Library receives more than one million visitors each year!
Stay tuned to this blog throughout the week for spotlights on each new space, as well as a closer look at Colette Fu’s work! We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the new spaces at a series of fun public events beginning Friday, April 12, and including the 2019 Family Fest on Saturday, April 13!
Join us April 12-14 to celebrate the new spaces in the Parkway Central Library!