A popular destination for locals and tourists alike, Philadelphia’s famous “Avenue of the Arts” is home to some of the best theatres, hotels, and restaurants that the city has to offer. Located along the Avenue, is Southstar Lofts, a mixed-use property with 85 high-end apartments and a street level commercial space. Built by developers, Dranoff Properties, Southstar Lofts embodies the vibrant lifestyle of the Avenue, and is home to one of the city's latest works of public art, LightPlay.
Designed by well-known public art specialists, Mags Harries and Lajos Heder, LightPlay was commissioned by the developer as part of the city’s Percent for Art Program, a longstanding initiative to encourage and support public art projects in the area. For the design, the developer wanted an art installation that represented the city, “The Avenue of the Arts is one of Philadelphia’s liveliest, most flourishing neighborhoods, and we were looking for a work of art that would showcase the streets’ vibrancy, and compliment the aesthetics of Southstar Lofts” explains Dranoff.