What do you see walking the perimeter of Philadelphia? What people might you meet? How might it change the way you think about this city, your place in it, or your relationship to the natural world? Reflect on these questions and more at a community art exhibit called “Walking the Edge” running now through April 1 at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. You can use GoPhillyGo to plan a sustainable trip to check out the art, and to do some walking of your own around the perimeter of Philadelphia while you are at it.
Curated by Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou of Walk Around Philadelphia, “Walking the Edge” is a communal artistic display of the experience of walking in nature. The Schuylkill Center invited the public to share their creative impressions, reflections, and encounters on walking borders, limits, and perimeters in nature. Community artists submitted all kinds of art including videos, sculptures, and paintings which you can see on display at the Schuylkill Center.
The Schuylkill Center is a fitting site to host this exhibit because it is located on the edge of Philadelphia. You can access the Schuylkill Center via the Schuylkill River Trail either on foot or by bike. Just remember to lock your bike up at the bike rack by the side of the trail before hiking into the Schuylkill Center trail system, as bikes are not allowed on these trails. Watch this video to learn more about how to get to the Schuylkill Center this way. Get multimodal directions to the Schuylkill River Trail entrance.
You can also visit the Schuylkill Center by bus - SEPTA bus routes 9, 27, and 62 drop off about a mile away from the center, and from there you can walk or bike the remaining way. Get multimodal directions to the Schuylkill Center via the road system.
However you get to the exhibit, use your trip to reflect on your experiences walking in and around Philadelphia, and then use GoPhillyGo to plan your next walk in the city. Learn more about how to get involved with Walk Around Philadelphia.
Image is Varvàra Fern, “Step into the unknown”, 2021. Resin and acrylic paint, 9.5 in x 30 in x 4.5 in.