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.

Streets Commissioner David Perri Explains Sunday’s Ice Disaster


On Sunday morning, thousands of folks in the Philadelphia region got in their cars, unaware that the roads were about to turn into sheets of ice. We got City of Philadelphia Streets Commissioner David Perri on the phone to get his take on what happened.

Was Sunday one of your more nightmarish days on the job?
Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of highway departments more than an ice storm. They are the most difficult storms to fight. They are so difficult to predict. The weather conditions really have to be, kind of like a perfect storm of conditions for freezing rain to develop.

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WATCH: Tracy Levesque Explores Abandoned Buildings In the Second Episode of “Wastelands”

Last month we told you about local filmmaker Cory Popp’s latest project, a video series called “Wastelands” that follows urban explorers into Philly’s most forgotten, derelict locales. The first episode profiled street photographer Conrad Brenner of Streets Dept, who finds inspiration and beauty in the city’s unlikeliest places.

The second episode of “Wastelands” follows Tracy Levesque, co-owner of web-design firm YIKES Inc., as she explores abandoned buildings and photographs their decaying structures. Check it out above.

WASTELANDS: New Video Series Follows Urban Explorers Into the Depths of Philly


Earlier this week I shared a video made by local filmographer Cory Popp. It captures collector Betsy Alexander’s home in Fitler Square, which she has turned into a veritable toy and art museum with trinkets she’s been amassing since she was a tot.

I was pretty taken with the short film, so I chatted with Popp to find out what he’s up to next. Coincidentally, he has a new four-part film series debuting next week. “Wastelands” follows Philly urban explorers like Streets Dept‘s Conrad Brenner and Ruin Porn‘s Tracy Levesque as they traverse into the depths of Philadelphia to document some of our forgotten—often fascinating–landscapes.

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Ishknits Puts Some Clothes On That Weird Freedom Sculpture at 16th and Vine

This wins the day: Streets Dept. has snaps of Philly street artist Ishknits’ latest installation. This time she’s knitted an outfit on Zenos Frudakis’s Freedom sculpture at the old Glaxo-Smith Kline building at 16th and Vine. Now, instead of simply running out of a wall, it looks like it’s running for joy from an amazing sale at American Apparel.

Streets Dept Announces TEDx Walk

Photo credit: Streets Dept.

Photo credit: Streets Dept.

Exciting news! In conjunction with TEDxPhiladelphia 2014, Conrad Benner — creator of the street art blog Streets Dept and Property contributor– will be hosting a TEDx walk on Saturday, March 29th.

The tour, which will focus on the city’s public artwork, will highlight everything from commissioned murals to graffiti. It will start in Midtown Village and end in Fishtown with an El trip in between (ticket info below).

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