In order to grow, we all need a little light. The Delaware River Waterfront Trail offers just that—for both people and nature. In the newly installed Pockets of Light, I present a series of hand- and machine-sewn artworks made from post-consumer materials. These pieces depict the Delaware River and some of my favorite native plants found along the waterfront, and range in styles from hyper-realistic sculptures, to kinetic collages, to abstractly layered plastics that mimic stained glass. "Wayfinding waterscapes" along the Delaware pathway guide you to installations at four public piers accompanied by site-specific interactives created by experience designer Eric the Puzzler. Through eye-catching artwork, unique puzzles, local natural history, and participation prizes, Eric and I seek to enhance the nurturing effects of the waterfront, provide a fun way to forge a deeper connection with your surroundings, and take a little time to enjoy the light.

Interested in public art? Native plants? Creative reuse? Sewing? The outdoors? Natural history? Puzzles? Philadelphia? Fun prizes? This project is for you. Start by finding one of the plant installations on the piers or one of 9 the “wayfinding waterscapes” we’ve installed along the trail. Here’s a map! Now go run, walk, bike, scoot, SEPTA, or carpool your way over to the waterfront!! 

Thank you to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation for commissioning this project!

Recent Media:

Pockets of Light uses trash to highlight nature along the Delaware River Waterfront-WHYY

A New Interactive Public Art Project On The Delaware River Waterfront Connects Visitors To Their Surroundings- Streets Dept

Pockets of Light presented by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation 

Pockets of Light: a trash-to-treasure tale in the intersection of art and the environment- Green Philly News 

Additional Details


Along the Delaware River Waterfront Trail, various site-specific puzzles and activities can be accessed by QR code at four public piers where Julie “Juicebox” Woodard has installed native plant artworks: Race Street Pier, Cherry Street Pier, Washington Avenue Pier, and Pier 68. Additional “wayfinding waterscapes” serve as a bonus scavenger hunt along the trail, with each one guiding you to nearby plant installations by providing a link to the map of the project.


From now until approximately the end of September. Please note that two of the piers are not open at all times: Race Street Pier is open from 7am to 11pm, and Cherry Street Pier is open from noon to 9pm most days, with longer weekend hours.

Time to complete:

You can visit as many installations as you like, and complete as many puzzles and activities as you like, so the time commitment is up to you. If you’re on foot, visiting all four piers (without accounting for time spent on the puzzles and activities) takes about 1.5 hours; on a bike, it’s more like 20 minutes. For the completionists out there, doing every puzzle, every bonus puzzle, and every activity will probably generate about two and a half hours of entertainment in addition to the travel times above. (If you do complete absolutely everything, message me about your waterfront adventure and I’ll send you a little something.)





How to participate:

Visit the waterfront and find one of the plant installations on the piers or one of the “wayfinding waterscapes” we’ve installed along the trail. Here’s a map!