Call for Proposals, 2013 Artist Installations
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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, an abandoned prison museum located in Philadelphia, hosts a changing series of artist installations as part of its annual programming. Artists are chosen for their ability to address Eastern State's primary themes--including issues of crime and justice, architectural history, and the site's fascinating past--with a memorable, thought-provoking approach.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone. Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row. A critically-acclaimed series of artist installations is free with admission.
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