A workmen begin Preparations for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013, at the Kimmel Center Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Philadelphia. The citywide festival is scheduled to run from March 28 to April 27. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An enormous "time machine" is under construction to mark the upcoming Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, a monthlong citywide event.
When completed it will be 100 feet long and 16 feet across, spiraling across the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
The festival, with a theme is "If You Had a Time Machine...," runs from March 28 to April 27. More than 50 arts and cultural organizations are presenting dance and theatrical performances, concerts and art exhibits.
The inaugural 2011 festival, which had a Parisian theme, attracted more than 400,000 visitors to its 135 events, and a street fair that closed the festival was attended by nearly 200,000 people.
"In addition to dozens of fun-filled activities and incredible performances by our PIFA partners, we are building Time Machine — an artful, interactive, time-travelling spiral," Anne Ewers, president and CEO of the Kimmel Center, said Tuesday. "Hundreds of thousands were in awe when they saw our 81-foot Eiffel Tower in 2011. This year, hundreds of thousands will see Time Machine."