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Emeka Ogboh: Special Preview for the Parkway Centennial

  • Parkway Central Library, Skyline Terrace 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA, 19103 United States (map)

Preview a new work from artist Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared: Ode to Philly, a sound monument to public voice and part of the citywide Monument Lab exhibition. Join us Friday, September 8, at the Free Library of Philadelphia (Parkway Central Library) during the Parkway Centennial celebration, live from the Library’s rooftop Skyline Terrace between 4–9 p.m. FREE.

Logan Squared: Ode to Philly

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker

Born in 1977 • Nigerian • Based in Berlin/Lagos

As a monument to Philadelphians’ voices and visions, Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared: Ode to Philly features a collaboration with beloved Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, members of the Chestnut Street Singers, and hundreds of Philadelphians whose ideas were documented during Monument Lab’s discovery phase. Throughout his work, Ogboh creates soundscapes to honor and understand cities. For Monument Lab, Ogboh conceived of a collaboration to channel public participation and reflection. Responding to the Monument Lab open dataset, Rucker composed an epic poem serving as the backbone of this composition. Visitors may access the sound monument at listening stations around the square where they can plug in their headphones to access the composition, or attend a special weekly multichannel sound installation on the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. In the rooftop version, attendees are invited to experience a multichannel sound installation, including the sounds of Rucker’s poem and a special choral arrangement of Louis Gesensway’s Four Squares of Philadelphia: “Logan Square at Dusk,” as well a singular view of Logan Square.