You know him from his stunning Magic Gardens on South Street, but now you’ll know him for the two-story Watkins Street building that he’s made his personal art project for last eight years.
Of course, whether you or I will get to see Isaiah Zagar’s 10,00-square-foot work in person is a whole other story. From NewsWorks:
About 80 people who bought tickets to a dinner party this week explored the artspace while eating barbacoa, a Mexican-style barbecue by a proprietor of a local food truck. Afterwads the space closed again. Zagar has no immediate plans to make it a public space.
Mosaic master Isaiah Zagar offers small taste of latest art space (photos) [NewsWorks]
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez’s weekend taco operation South Philly Barbacoa, but one must wake up early to experience it, since they typically sell out by noon or shortly thereafter.
But now, on December 15th, all you night owls will get your chance to try some.
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The idea of South Street being “sexy” was a PR campaign launched in 1999 referring to the street’s more adventurous stores — those with stripper shoes or sex toys or condoms or lingerie. But there was a time — when Whyte’s Court was first built — when the moniker would have meant something different. The first writeup of the gated courtyard community at 12th and South ran in the Inquirer in 1991, and described a South Street we’d have a hard time recognizing today: “South Street, with its tattoo parlors and fine-art galleries, fast food and fine dining, is a street of eclectic tastes, so it’s no surprise to find an eclectic collection of dwellings at Whyte’s Court…”
At the time, the townhomes ranged from $79,900 to $139,000. The condominium fee was in the area of $60 per month. This two-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot unit costs $310,000, and the fees are only $30 per month. Finally! A price that’s gone down!
But back to sexy. The exterior of the community, which is just two blocks west of Magic Gardens, has a mosaic mural by Isaiah Zagar. Above the entranceway, he has placed tiles that say, “THE SEXIEST STREET.” That — and the mosaic detailing on the floor inside, done by a prior owner — should be good for a smile every time the new owner walks in the door.
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