PHOTOS: Check Out the Oval Before It’s Covered in People

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Workers putting the finishing touches on the colorful beer garden.

After being delayed after yesterday’s rain storm, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation are ready to officially open Eakins Oval tonight on the Parkway at 5 pm. I stopped by this afternoon to check out the space before the hordes come rushing in.

If you can, try to get there early so you can see the massive mural that’s been painted on the ground. Called Summer Kaleidoscope, it was done in collaboration with Mural Arts and Baltimore-based artist team Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn. Unterhalter and Truhn came up with the design and overlooked a team of 10 or 15 Mural Arts artists who laid down the paint—about 15 colors in all. One of those artists, Nathaniel Lee, was kind enough to take me up on a crane to get a bird’s-eye view of the mural in all its glory.

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Check Out the Awesome Mural Being Painted On the Ground at the Oval

The Oval opens this Thursday, July  16th, with an evening of activities including food trucks, face paintings and beer gardens, but the thing I’m most excited about is the huge, abstract and colorful mural that’s going to blanket the ground of the Oval while you take in all the summer’s activities.

The floor of The Oval will be emblazoned with a dynamic artwork called Summer Kaleidoscope by Baltimore-based artist team Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, who work with a mission to “transform public spaces into colorful vibrant experiences.” They’ve teamed up with Mural Arts on a piece they’re currently putting the final touches on. It’s expected to be completed by July 15th. According to press materials, the duo’s work has ranged from large-scale murals and installations to sculpture that’s been featured all over the globe.

On Sunday, Mural Arts released a photo by Kate Jacobi that shows the progress. It looks fantastic, almost seeming to bleed right in to the Parkway as it juts off to City Hall. Check it out below, and for more details about this week’s opening party, go here.

Progress continues on Summer Kaleidoscope, Jessie Unterhalter & Katey Truhn’s new mural for The Oval. The Jessie, Katey,…

Posted by City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program on Sunday, July 12, 2015

12 Great Places to Catch an Outdoor Movie in Philly This Summer

All summer, organizations across the city are setting up their projectors to host free screenings of American classics, mega blockbusters and even a few Philly premieres. Spray on the bug repellant and lay out under the stars. If you’re looking for a cheep date or an evening activity the whole family can enjoy, here are some options to choose from.

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Is Big Eakins Oval Exhibit Ripping Off Philly Artist?

Left: The "Future Sensations" pavilion; Right: The artist's work.

Left: The “A Reflection of Progress” pavilion; Right: Joe Boruchow’s “A Closed System”

Eager Philadelphians have been waiting with bated breath for the opening of The Oval’s “Future Sensations” exhibit, a giant light-up series of installations that have been touring around the globe. But there’s one local artist who isn’t looking forward to the show as he claims that the event’s sponsor, Parisian building materials company Saint-Gobain, ripped off his own design for one of the giant installations. Read more »

The Oval Releases Full Summer 2015 Schedule

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As we mentioned before, Eakins Oval will kick off for the season on May 30th, with a massive light-up art installation out of France called “Future Sensations.”

That closes on June 6th, which leaves the whole summer open on the beloved park on the Parkway. Today we’re getting word about what organizers have planned for the 2015 season. As in years past, The Oval will host a variety of activities—from live music, movie nights, yoga, a rotating lineup of food trucks and a beer garden—that will run from July 15th to sometime in August. Here’s a general overview of what you can expect each day of the week:

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The Oval Kicks Off with Something New from Yards

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This Wednesday, July 16th, Eakins Oval will transform into more than just a parking lot on the Parkway. For the second summer, The Oval returns, as Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation partnered with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Association for Public Art, changes the otherwise dull space into a public park. The Oval will be used to promote the parkway as a space all Philadelphians can utilize and enjoy, not just those looking for daytime parking.

The kick-off event will feature music, food, BEER and a performance by the Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy. The space also doubles as a canvas for this year’s art installation and theme entitled, Magic Carpet by the artist Candy Coated.

Yards Brewery will also be debuting something for Philadelphians to get excited about. The brewery will be launching their new concoction, the Fairmount Park Ale. The new brew is “for outbeersy folk” so there’s no better place to enjoy it than outdoors at The Oval, right? Do we even need to say more? Well, Yards will also be the exclusive draught beer at The Oval. The Fairmount Ale will always be available, plus a rotating tap.

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Free Workouts and Juice at Eakins Oval on Sunday

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

Summer’s just around the corner, and the warm weather and sunshine means easing up on the gym in favor of breaking a sweat outside. So come ready to work out at Eakins Oval this Sunday, May 18th, for the first-ever Day in the Park event. Hosted by Naked Juice and Philly’s Core Fitness, this event is packed with fitness and fun. There will free fitness activities, like a Core Fitness boot camp class (2 to 3 p.m.) and a massive tug of war competition, plus prizes and giveaways, free juice and live music from 95.7 Ben-FM. You’ll be so busy having fun, you won’t even realize you’re working out—promise.

The event is from 2 to 6 p.m. this Sunday in Eakins Oval—after Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Yoga on the Steps—in front of the Art Museum. People of all ages are encouraged to come out and participate. More info is here.

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The Oval at the Art Museum Announces 2014 Lineup

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The Eakins Oval — aka Philly’s Park on the Parkway that was created last year — has announced its activity lineup for 2014. The Oval is an initiative of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department, a project to bring a little family-friendly entertainment to this six-acre stretch of Fairmount. Last year activities ran the gamut from late-night movie screenings to a food and beverage truck festival. Here’s what they have planned so far for 2014:

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