A new, temporary art display, Color Under the Canopy, will pop up at Sister Cities Park this week, with installation beginning Wednesday, September 9 and Thursday, September 10. The project was designed and executed by local artist Janell Wysock. Using a loom to knit fabric, she created colorful, eye-catching wraps to decorate some of the park’s most precious assets: its trees.
Wysock creates fabrics that are durable, colorful and pleasing to the eye. Inspired by the textures and richness of colors in nature, she wanted to bring those elements into daily life through handmade objects. The wraps were separately knitted in large sections, then paired with each other to create contrast. When making those knitted panels, Wysock thought about the colors dimensionally. She focused on how they would both envelop the form of the tree and how light will change their appearance throughout the day. Her classic repetition style allows the colors to interact differently horizontally and vertically. When making these woven pieces she seeks to spread joy and delight to the guests of Sister Cities Park with colorful and whimsical design. The project took 5 weeks to create, leading up to the installation.
A graduate of the Moore College of Art, Wysock was a member of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator in 2016 through 2017. To learn more about her artwork and current projects, visit janellwysock.com.
Below is a slideshow of Wysock and her assistant preparing the Color Under the Canopy installation in her studio in Frankford.
SISTER CITIES PARK
Sister Cities Park
18th St & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Daily, 6 a.m. - 1 a.m.
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