It was announced this week that 50 local artists and cultural organizations will receive a total of $9.6 million in grants from the Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage, which means several projects that have been living in the heads of local artists will finally have a chance to see the light of day. Keep your eyes out for announcements from local organizations, including this cool idea from the Association of Public Art (aPA).
London-based street artist Ben Eine is in Philly this week to paint the entire alphabet on a bunch of storefront roll-down shutters around Fishtown and South Philly. This morning he’s getting started on a shutter at 7th and Jackson streets, and he’ll finish up tomorrow, when he spray-paints his final letter. The project is done in coordination with Mural Arts, who just kicked off it’s citywide “Open Source” project yesterday with a couple skateable sculptures at Paine’s Park.
Check out some of the shutters Eine has done so far in these shots from his Instagram feed:
This afternoon, Mural Arts dedicated a couple new skateable sculptures at Franklin’s Paine Skatepark. The pieces, created by Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk, are called Steps and Pyramid and are modeled after two Sol Lewitt works in the Sculpture Garden at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They will be on display at the park from now through October for your skating and interacting pleasure.
Manayunk is getting a blue makeover this summer courtesy of one of Mural Arts’s largest installations ever.
“Waterways,” a collaborative effort between Philadelphia Water and Mural Arts, is a 50-piece outdoor project that begins at Pretzel Park, winds through the Main Street business corridor and finishes up at Venice Island. The exhibit is helmed by local artist Eurhi Jones, who is using a rare vinyl medium to create the vibrant works that will swim along the roughly 10 blocks comprising the installation.
Think of it as the Schuylkill meets Finding Nemo, but without the clownfish. Instead, the images, which act as stepping stones through the neighborhood, will feature Manayunk’s native wildlife, such as herons, shad and crayfish, and pay tribute to the area’s industrial history by incorporating wheels and cogs within the works.
The exhibit will be officially feted this Thursday, May 14th at 6 p.m. with a celebration at Main and Lock streets. The unveiling will include free ice cream and a tour of the entire installment, which ends with some fun time at Venice Island. According to a rep from Philadelphia Water, “Waterways” will be on display for 3 or 4 months, and possibly longer in certain locations. Check out more photos from the exhibit below:
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A New York street artist is using his craft—along with tons of wheatpaste and a cast of Fat Albert characters—to convince comedian Bill Cosby to respond to the still-rising number of sexual assault allegations that have come out against him.
The artist’s name is FLOOD, and he’s plastered everyone from Dumb Donald and Mushmouth to Fat Albert himself all over the streets of New York holding signs saying things like, “The proof is in the pudding,” and “Hey, hey, hey, Bill, just admit it.”
He’s posted several of the images on his Instagram feed, which you can check out below.
Best local April Fool’s joke yet? Street artist Kid Hazo has attached two big eyes and a mouth to the drop of paint that’s part of the gigantic Paint Torch sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and it kind of looks just like the poop emoji.
It’s not, though, at least I don’t think it is. He calls it I, and the materials are made and put together with of 1/2″ foamboard and M3 double-sided tape.
It’s showing with a limited run at PAFA—until, as Streets Dept. points out, a security guard or passerby decides to take it down.
See more photos at Streets Dept.