“Philadelphia Muses”

•December 27, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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 By Meg Saligman, 2000 – located at 13th and Locust Streets

“Offering a contemporary interpretation of the ancient godesses who presided over the arts and sciences, Philadelphia Muses, … honors the arts community of Philadelphia, several of whose members posed for the mural.” (Golden, Rice & Kinney p125)

“The figures surround a giant art-making machine (reminiscent of a large gumball dispenser) that generate spheres – ‘the perfect form.’ Each figure holds a sphere, helping to unify the composition.” (Golden, Rice & Kinney p127)

This one is worth clicking on to view the picture in it’s original size to see the detail. 

References:                                                                                                                                                                                      Golden, J., Robin, R., & Kinney, M.Y., Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.

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“Secret Book”

•December 26, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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 “Secret Book”, By Josh Sarantitis in 1999, located at 19th and Wood Streets

“The power of reading to inspire a young person’s imagination is expressed through images of flight and fantasy.” (Golden, Rice & Kinney p91)

References: Golden, J., Robin, R., & Kinney, M.Y., Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.

“Journey”

•December 25, 2007 • 1 Comment

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“Journey”, By Meg Saligman in 1999 

I love this one.  I get to see it every day on my way to school. 

“Painted on the side of a Children’s Crisis Center at 18th and Callowhill Streets, Journey‘s panels, which move outward from the center, trace a child’s progress back to emotional health.” (Golden, Rice & Kinney p116)

References:                                                                                                                                                                                      Golden, J., Robin, R., & Kinney, M.Y., Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.

Center:

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Moving closer towards emotional heatlh (2 pictures):

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And finally, all is well – life is good (2 pictures):

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“Reach High and You Will Go Far”

•December 24, 2007 • 2 Comments

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By Josh Sarantitis in 2000.  Located at 20th and Arch Streets

“Symbolically, the painting is a testament to the value of human aspiration, a visual homage to the notion of dreaming it and achieving it.  The tableau at the bottom seems to represent both the negative forces that can get in the way of one’s goals and the unpleasantness that can be left behind after achieving success.” (Golden, Rice & Kinney p89)

References:                                                                                                                                                                                      Golden, J., Robin, R., & Kinney, M.Y., Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.

 To see more murals, please visit the Mural Pages in the column on the right side of this page. 

Laurel Hill Cemetery

•November 21, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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Magic Garden on South St. created by Isaiah Zagar

•November 11, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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Isaiah Zagar built this on South Street, turning the derelict property into a “magic garden”.  It’s demolition was prevented by local supporters of this massive labor of love. 

http://www.isaiahzagar.org/

The Italian Market

•November 3, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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Pat’s of the Pat & Gino’s Philly Cheesesteak rivalry:

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Ashleigh will not be intimidated…

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