Build a huge tower of boxes and rev up for PIFA arts fest

Artist Olivier Grossetête, who oversaw the construction of this ephemeral tower in France, will be in Philadelphia to build one here as a preview of next year’s PIFA arts fest.

The folks at the Kimmel Center who run the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts have organized a “preview week” for the 2018 fest, highlighted by construction of an 88-foot-tall tower of cardboard boxes in Dilworth Park.

This is a build-it-yourself “People’s Tower,” designed by French artist Olivier Grossetête and inspired by Independence Hall. It will be built in 1,400 cardboard sections held together by 18 miles of tape and anyone who attends a workshop from May 30 to June 2 can lend a hand.

(Registration at is required to participate in the workshops.)

Following the construction at the workshops, the tower will be erected in Dilworth Park on June 3 and then demolished the next day, June 4, at 7 p.m. Also on that day, at 2 p.m., PIFA will host a panel discussion on art in public spaces at the Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden.