The muralist selected for this project is Philadelphia native David Guinn. Since 1998, Guinn has painted more than 35 murals throughout Philadelphia and other cities in North Americ,a including New York, Washington DC, and Montréal. His work has been shown in galleries and museums including The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, and The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at University of the Arts.
The mural, titled Summer Rendezvous, “captures the whimsy and family-friendly spirit of the Shake Shack experience while paying homage to Philadelphia’s verdant parks and green spaces.”
In the piece, a little boy climbs a ladder to offer an ice cream cone to a girl in a window. Inspired by the wall of greenery that surrounded the Center City Shake Shack during its (seemingly endless) opening construction, the new mural will offer “a fantasy of plants growing up the building wall, framing the encounter between the children.”
Shake Shack will hold a public paint day on Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to invite the community to take part in the mural’s creation at the Sansom Street location.
In December, a public dedication ceremony will be held. This Saturday you can see the artist at work at the Shack and contribute your own handiwork to one of the city’s next public art pieces.
Also this Saturday, order a Center City Pretzel frozen custard, with 5% of the sales donated directly to the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
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