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 »
A since-deleted post to the 9th Street Italian Market’s official Facebook page on Sunday characterized Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym as a bigot for her opinion in the great Frank Rizzo statue debate while simultaneously calling for both her and Mural Arts director Jane Golden’s jobs. Read more »
Photo by Steve Weinik for Mural Arts Philadelphia.
The latest project from the city’s Mural Arts program celebrates the life and memory of the first woman to die in the line of duty in the Philadelphia Fire Department’s 146-year history, Lt. Joyce Craig.
Unveiled on Saturday, a vibrant mural painted on the side of the Lawncrest Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (not far from Engine 64, Craig’s station house) depicts the courageous firefighter springing into action with a hose on her shoulder and a smile on her face – just as she did working that fateful overtime shift in West Oak Lane. Read more »
Photo: Christian Sarkis Graham
Mural Arts Philadelphia unveiled its latest piece at the corner of Broad and Federal streets – a 37-foot tall collage dedicated to the 76ers and the team’s commitment to service in the local community. Read more »
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 »
A chunk of a seven-story mural in Center City collapsed and crushed two parked cars this morning as a nor’easter brought high wind and rain to the region. Read more »
The Theater of Life mural by Meg Saligman. © 2002 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Photo by Jack Ramsdale
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Mural Arts Month Kickoff Party @ Snyder Plaza
Mural Arts Philadelphia opens Mural Arts Month with a party at Snyder Plaza, where four new murals are up as part of the Murals at Swanson Walk, while I see how many times I can write “mural.” DJ Cash Money, Cosmo Baker, Gun$ Garcia and DJ Royale will provide the dance music and circus artists from Circadium will be performing.
Damon Wayans Jr. @ Punch Line Philly
Coach from New Girl, who’s the younger generation of the Wayans family of actors/comedians (In Living Color, Scary Movie, White Chicks, and so on) — and looks so very, very much like his dad — performs at Punch Line on Friday and Saturday. You also know him from the TV show Happy Endings.
Parks on Tap @ Lemon Hill
It’s last call for roving beer garden Parks on Tap, so head to the Lemon Hill mansion in Fairmount Park to drink outdoors with city and river views. Parks on Tap will be there through Sunday. Read more »
Artist Isaac Lin creating a new piece of public art at the Murals at Swanson Walk, South Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik for Mural Arts Philadelphia
In a city with almost 4,000 murals, it makes sense that we’d have a month set aside for looking at them. The newly rebranded Mural Arts Philadelphia is organizing nearly 30 events for Mural Arts Month in October around the theme “Risk and Roots,” including a party this Friday, September 30th, to kick things off.
The open-to-the-public party is happening at Snyder Plaza, at Snyder Avenue and Swanson Street in South Philly, where four new murals are up and more are planned. DJ Cash Money, Cosmo Baker, Gun$ Garcia and DJ Royale will provide the dance music, circus artists from Circadium will perform, and there will, of course, be food trucks. It’s free to attend, but it would be awfully nice if you donated $5. Read more »
Photo courtesy of Streets Dept
Electric Street Mural Dedication @ Percy Street | Wednesday, August 17
Mural Arts usually sticks with paint for the many, many murals around town, but on a block of Percy Street in South Philly the look is a little different. Just south of 9th and Wharton, there’s a very cool neon art installation from artist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau, with funding from Mural Arts and the Knight Foundation. The dedication for the mural of sorts, dubbed “Electric Street,” is Wednesday, with food, music and possibly some insight into a multi-phase “Percy Street Project” Guinn mentioned on Instagram. Check out StreetsDept.com‘s photos of the installation here.
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You may have noticed this morning that the median on South Broad Street is quite colorful today.
The DNC Host Committee announced the beginning of installation of a colorful mural on the median last night. It’s not totally installed yet, but when it is, it will run from City Hall to Washington Avenue. Read more »