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Cera Saves the Day: Artist Puts Up Inspiring Pastes All Over the City

October 28, 2014

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Absolutely LOVING Cera‘s work lately! This Philly-based wheatpaste artist has been putting up a ton of truly breathtaking work in Fishtown, Northern Liberties, and Chinatown – among other areas in Philadelphia – over the last month or so.

Really excited for Cera’s future in Philly!

Gypsy Saves the Day!

October 28, 2014

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I guess it’s sticker artist Tuesday (see my post from earlier today…)

Absolutely LOVE this piece by Gypsy!

More Aviz.zle Please

October 28, 2014

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LOVE this sticker artist!

Wolfbat For The Win

October 28, 2014

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Wolfbat can do no evil… Can’t believe it took me so long to photograph this AMAZING piece in Kensington!

UPDATE: To my surprise, I just learned this installation was actually sponsored by Mural Arts… Way to go Mural Arts, really love this!

Streets Dept Selected As Instagram ‘Suggested User!’

October 27, 2014

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So incredibly honored/excited last week to be named as a ‘Suggested User’ by Instagram… Didn’t really understand what it meant when I first read this direct message from Instagram, but in little more than a week I’ve gone from 11k followers to 85k (and counting.)

It’s so fun to share everything I love about this city, particularly our amazing street art/graffiti scene, with people from around the world. In addition to that, it’s also really personally exciting to share my photography with more and more people… Just wanted to share this with y’all, since, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably been around a while. And on that note, thank you for your continued support! It truly means a lot to me.

P.s. Yes, I have Sprint… Tell me about it! 

Streets Dept Takes Over the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Instagram!

October 22, 2014

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Mastering a new medium, Paul Strand was a true pioneer. An artist deeply engaged with his world, he revealed the essential nature of the human experience in the 20th Century through photography.

Today, I aim to show you the world in which I am deeply engaged using one of our newest mediums, paying homage to one of the greats who is now showing at the PMA…. Please follow along HERE!

Inside Bok: The Bright Future Envisioned For One of Philadelphia’s Abandoned Public Schools

October 14, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: Bok is currently being used as the storage center for all 20 of the closed schools. So, many of the objects in the photos below have not been ‘abandoned,’ but are just currently being stored there while they find a new home!  

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A few weeks ago I was afforded the rare opportunity to explore one of Philadelphia’s recently abandoned public schools. Invited by a refreshingly imaginative individual who is passionate about creating more opportunities for Philly neighborhoods, I took a look at the current state of South Philly’s Edward W. Bok School and discussed its potentially very exciting future.

Forget the politics of Philadelphia merging a number of public schools around the city and selling the buildings that are left behind to help make up for some heartbreaking school budget deficits. How do we make the best of it now that it’s happened? Well, one local visionary, Lindsey Scannapieco, along with her team of young, enthusiastic urban designers and strategy makers at Scout has a particularly inspiring plan for the recently abandoned Edward W. Bok School building, a gigantic complex sitting between 8th and 9th streets from Mifflin to Dudley in South Philly.

Here’s a little more about Lindsey and this project from Next City:

“Developer Lindsey Scannapieco, a 2014 Next City Vanguard member, is bringing her background in planning, real estate and design to create a space focused on design, entrepreneurship and fabrication. Her company, Scout LLC, was chosen by Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and the School Reform Commission (SRC) to redevelop the Edward W. Bok School building after a competitive open auction process. The closed school is one of nearly two dozen that the school district is trying to offload as it copes with a deficit of more than $80 million and Scannapieco’s project supports the hope that Philadelphia’s schools can be reinvented.” 

Long story short, Lindsey and her company are trying to transform this vacant school into a one-of-a-kind maker, creative hub for Philadelphia. It will combine workshops, co-working and residential under one roof (something that is rarely done in the US, according to Lindsey.) They will also pay homage to the namesake Edward Bok as they are preserving the Bok name (Building Bok is the working title — but it will most likely just be referred to as “Bok,”) and will be commissioning a series of interventions / design moments in reference to his history and the memories within the school.

So what does the school look like today? You HAVE got to see the views from the top floors of this incredible building…  Read more…

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