Climate Week Event: Siting Temporary Public Art at the Former PES Refinery Fenceline



Billboard by Amy Balkin on I-76

Join Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) remote artist-in-residence Amy Balkin in conversation with PPEH’s Bethany Wiggin as they discuss the billboard and public postering project Area of Interest: Former Sunoco/PES Refinery Site Billboard and the dialogue, research, and community activism that informed this temporary memorial to life lost to fossil fuels and their refining at what was until June 2019 the east coast’s largest and oldest petroleum refinery.

At a time when the need to just transition away from carbon-intensive energy sources is more obvious and urgent than ever, this project places communities long harmed by the environmental injustices of the oil and gas industry at its heart. More at:


This event was recorded and is available to watch on our YouTube channel.