Schuylkill Wildlife Get Spotlighted in New Street Art Project in Manayunk

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Photo courtesy of Tiffany Ledesma

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:



 

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 »

Artist Sets Up “Selfie Zones” in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia street artist Kid Hazo — he of the giant PPA parking ticket and the Claes Oldenburg paint-dollop turned poop emoji — put a few new pieces on the streets this morning: Selfie zones.

Unlike the No Selfie Zone prank by Jena Kingsley, Kid Hazo is actually encouraging people to take them — a fresh change of pace from the anti-selfie propaganda constantly spewed by the media. Read more »

NYC Street Artist Puts Bill Cosby on Blast—With the Help of Fat Albert and the Gang

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.

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PHOTOS: Street Artist Turns Part of the PAFA Paint Torch Sculpture Into a Poop Emoji

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.

Mural Arts Teams With Google to Highlight and Preserve Local Street Art

A still from "Philly Painting" one of the Mural Arts exhibits featured in Google's new street art initiative. | Photo by of Mural Arts

A still from “Philly Painting” one of the Mural Arts exhibits featured in Google’s new street art initiative. | Photo by of Mural Arts

Philly’s Mural Arts program joins 68 organizations around the globe who have teamed with Google on an initiative to preserve our quickly fading street art through digital archiving. The Philadelphia Business Journal has more on the Google Art Project:

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Ice Queen Sculptor Creates a Poseidon in Logan Square

The snow may be on its way out, but Don Harrison, the man responsible for that stunning Shiva the Ice Queen sculpture in Fairmount Park last week, has found enough ice to complete another gorgeous sculpture at the Swann Fountain in Logan Square. This time he’s carved out Greek god Poseidon, riding on a wave and carrying his three-prong spear—the whole nine yards. Here are some snapshots he shared on his Facebook page:

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Mural Arts Announces Artists for “Open Source” Project

Three artists taking part in Mural Arts "Open Source" project: Swoon, Shepard Fairey and the Dufala Brothers.

Three artists taking part in Mural Arts “Open Source” project: Swoon, Shepard Fairey and the Dufala Brothers.

Today the Mural Arts Program announced the artists who will be participating in the new “Open Source” project, which it says is Philadelphia’s biggest site-specific art exhibition ever. The project includes such names as JR, Shepard Fairey, Sterling Ruby, SWOON, Michelle Angela Ortiz, and is scheduled for 2015.

“’Open Source’ will position Mural Arts as an organization on the leading edge of cultural conversation, harnessing our strengths as well as the strengths of the participating artists,” Mural Arts Program executive director Jane Golden said in a release. “Mural Arts has already put our city on the map as a world-renowned hub for public art and this project takes that to the next level. The project will advance Philadelphia’s reputation for cultural innovation and further situate it as a global city.”

The 12 international artists contributing are SWOON, The Dufala Brothers (of Funeral for a Home fame), the team of Ernel Martinez & Keir Johnston, Sam Durant, Shepard Fairey (who did a mural/liquor ad, Lotus Diamond, in Fishtown last year), JR, MOMO, Jonathan Monk, Odili Donald Odita, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Sterling Ruby, Shinique Smith, Jennie Shanker and Heeseop Yoon. The Dufala Brothers are natives of the Philadelphia area. Martinez and Johnston, Odita and Shanker are Philadelphia-based.

MOMO installation.

MOMO installation. For “Open Source,” the New York-based artist will work on a project about empowering youth through the arts.

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PHOTOS: Chroma Dolls Paint Adorable Mural for PAWS

Philadelphia is a city of murals, and it seems like every day a new one pops up to deliver us from the blahs of the urban jungle. Chroma Dolls (aka Kala Hagopian and Ali Williams) are two Philly-based artists dedicated to using their skills to beautify the city. Hagopian graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Williams graduated from Moore College of Art & Design, and together they have painted murals for The Pennsylvania Conference for Women, schools in Germantown and Upper Darby, and the Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort to Restore the Shore.



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