Take That, Frank Rizzo: Behold This 800-Pound Black Power Pick

rizzo, black power pick

Photos by Helen Armstrong

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The Thomas Paine Plaza, home of the city’s contentious Frank Rizzo statue, welcomed a new monument on Tuesday afternoon: an eight-feet-tall, 800-pound pick with a handle that doubles as a Black Power fist.

The piece, All Power to All People by Hank Willis Thomas, was commissioned by Monument Lab, a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. Read more »

Ai Weiwei, Famed Chinese Artist/Activist, Is Coming to Philadelphia

Ai Weiwei

Photo courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio

The Mural Arts Program announced on Wednesday that world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei, known as much for his clashes with the Chinese government as his artwork, will be coming to Philadelphia as part of Monument Lab.

Monument Lab is a Mural Arts project in which artists will create 10 pop-up art installations in Philadelphia’s parks this fall. Per a release, Monument Lab will “engage diverse artists to explore Philadelphia’s identity through temporary public art projects, a bold update to monument-making aligned to the needs and opportunities of the present day. Through the process it will foster connection, shared understanding, and in some cases healing, through robust public engagement and programs.”

The exhibitions will take place September 16th through November 19th. Read more »