In recent months we've covered a lot of thoughtful and site-conscious church conversions in and around Philly that shine a light on efforts to preserve our neighborhood churches by converting them to new uses, from a 1929 Church in Narberth to the Sanctuary Lofts in Graduate Hospital. But this one is really something special, even if it is only temporary.
In West Philadelphia, as Michael Bixler of Hidden City writes, Visual Artist Aaron Asis will "activate the vacant, Gothic Revival grandeur of St. Andrew's Collegiate Chapel" on 42nd and Spruce with a three day, three weekend only site-specific art installation, Ci-Lines.
With Ci-Lines, Asis hopes to spark renewed interest in the vacant sanctuary to ensure its preservation and future as an enduring neighborhood landmark. Per the University City Arts League, due to the unusual nature of this space and installation there is limited access for viewing. This installation will be open to the public from 12 - 4pm on February 28, March 1, and March 14. Take an inside look at the installation process, below.
· Exclusive look at Sanctuary Lofts [Curbed Philly]
· Saved! 1929 church in Narberth successfully converted [Curbed Philly]
· Seeing between the Ci-Lines [Hidden City]
· Ci-Lines, Aaron Asis [University City Arts League]
· Video via Lori Waselchuk [Vimeo]