‘Ghost Ship’ docked on Delaware River to teach Philadelphians about river’s history

An 18th century ship plies the waters as storm clouds form overhead. An art installation in Philadelphia will feature a similar ship projected on the Delaware River to help Philadelphians learn about the river's history, including the slave trade.
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An 18th century ship plies the waters as storm clouds form overhead. An art installation in Philadelphia will feature a similar ship projected on the Delaware River to help Philadelphians learn about the river's history, including the slave trade.

A 90-foot-tall holographic ghost ship that will arrive on the Delaware River next week is really an art installation aimed at teaching Philadelphians about the river’s history.

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The "Ghost Ship" exhibit is a "three-dimensional light and water-based" holograph of an 18th-century vessel projected under the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, according to WCAU-TV.

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation announced the upcoming exhibit, created by the Romania-based Biangle Studio, and said it's a means of helping Philadelphians explore the importance of the waterway and learn about the "nuanced and complex history of the Delaware River in the 1700s," WCAU reported.

The display, which includes self-guided audio tours, will also include the history of the slave trade on the river.

It opens Oct. 4 and runs through Nov. 3.

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