It was a thrill to receive these beautiful photos of Philadelphia’s Pier 53 Land Buoy sculpture. Our team has been working with its creator, Jody Pinto, to provide solar powered lighting at the top of the installation. After focusing on the details of the technical challenge, we get to contemplate the greater concept of the work.
ThePulitzer Prize architecture critic Inga Saffron wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “…Because the pier once served as the city's Ellis Island, where immigrants first set foot in Philadelphia, Pinto's sculpture is a brilliant marker, simultaneously conjuring a ship's crow's nest, a lighthouse, and the spiral stairs of an immigrant row house - approach, arrival, settlement, all rolled into one powerful form." DRWC (Delaware River Waterfront Commission) commissioned the project, as part of a plan to build parks along the six-mile waterfront. Washington Avenue Pier is the second permanent park on the stretch. The first permanent park on the stretch was the Race Street Pier built in 2011.
Thanks to Bradley Maule for sharing these images and also to Jodi for recognizing SolarOne’s contribution, “I can’t thank you enough for the care and patience you gave to the solar illumination of the blue fiberglass cylinder Beacon for 'Land Buoy'. I am thrilled with its beauty and success given a very tight budget.”
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