Drawing Dock Creek
An Art Installation by Winifred Lutz
in Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia
Part of APS Water Walk Weekend, 2008

Winifred Lutz's installation, more fully explained in the linked html slideshow or PDF, was one of several water-related projects commissioned by the American Philosophical Society Museum in 2008, culminating in a "Water Walk Weekend" on September 20 and 21. To accompany Winifred's work, the APS created a brochure that has an excellent historic map of Dock Creek and vicinity. Performance artist Brett Keyser created a fascinating piece,"TANN, HORNS, & DEAD DOGS: Tales of Civic Effluvia," related to Dock Creek, which used Winifred's installation as his outdoor stage and set. And even I got into the act, developing a 20 minute version of my "Creek to Sewer" lecture and presenting it seven times to more than 150 people over the weekend. The week before, I also got to take a walk in a sewer with a newspaper reporter and photographer to help publicize the weekend, an underground tour that is the subject of this PhillyH2O page.

Links to artist's statement, description, and photographs of Winifred Lutz installation:
HTML slideshow or PDF (11 mb)

Link to APS brochure with great map of historic Dock Creek.

Link to Brett Keyser web page about his Dock Creek performance piece, with the poster shown below.

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The History of Philadelphia's Watersheds and Sewers

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Philadelphia Water Department
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