A magnified view of the native ecological system of the Delaware River is deeply sandblasted into glass panels.
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Independence Seaport Museum Rivers Alive Exhibit

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sandblasted glass

4 feet high by 24 feet long

With Victoria Prizzia of Habithèque Inc.

Fisharium Glass is a magnified view of the native ecological system of the Delaware River. Sandblasted on the glass surface are different components of life in the river: native wetland plants, fish hiding among their roots, micro-crustaceans and microorganisms in a harmonious whirlwind. By peering through this glass veil of life into the actual workings of the river, visitors view the world in a multilayered way. The panels have a deeply sandblasted surface, allowing visitors to create their own rubbing and drawings, to take home to remember the extraordinary architecture of these creatures.


The artwork's continuous twenty plates of glass enclose the Fisharium lab running the full length of the site's interior wall. In order to facilitate the possibility for direct interaction with the forms through rubbings and drawing, the glass is laminated so that it can safely be leaned against and traced over.

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River Wall, Independence Seaport Museum.

submergent plant zone

emergent plant zone

open water

high water mark


Intertidal Zone

The artwork is a cross-section of life forms in the river, showing the intertidal zone habitat that extends from the high water mark outward to the open water. Each species is correctly placed in its habitat zone. The species represented here include single-celled diatoms and catfish, sturgeon, and eel in the open water; water celery and lotus in the floating leaf plant zone; pickerelweed in the emergent plant zone; sedges, rushes, and grasses on the shoreline; and the myriad riverine animals, birds, and shoreline creatures that inhabit the intertidal zone.