The mural sits at the intersection of Belgrade and Susquehanna – literately at the end of the block I grew up on and where my parents still live! (When I was a kid, this building was a little corner store called “Jack’s” where I used to buy chips, Twix bars, and, of course, huggies.)
Titled ‘Frontiers,’ Gaia‘s new mural shows an Albert Bierstadt view of Yosemite with a post-green style home along side a classic Philly Italianate rowhome. As he installed the mural, Gaia posed the following thought-starters to his Instagram:
“What is the aesthetic of reinvestment/gentrification?… What is the formal future of Philadelphia’s new construction? Reinvestment throughout neighborhoods like Fishtown, Kensington, and Point Breeze have brought new facade concepts to the classic Italianate rowhome. Projects like 100k House, the New Kensington High School, and 2056 East Arizona Street have brought a new aesthetic determined by LEED environmental standards and modular strategies.”
Check out Eine’s Instagram HERE to see all his installations so far… Photos above are from a piece he’s working on right now (literally I shot them 15 minutes ago) in Fishtown. I’ll update this post when I’ve got some finished shots. But I always personally love the process shots, so I wanted to share that with y’all asap!
“Next Stop: Democracy!” is Looking for Philly Artists to Create 50+ Sign Installations for Election Day, November 3rd!
As you may have heard me mention on social, I’m really, really excited to say that over the next handful of months leading to Election Day (November 3rd) I will be working with Next Stop: Democracy!
Next Stop: Democracy! is a new, Philly-based voter engagement project that aims to generate a greater sense of excitement for voting through a city-wide art installation that reminds and directs Philadelphians where to cast their ballot.
Right now, Philly has a dismally low voter turnout. Just 27% of registered voters went to the polls this last election. That’s down from 34% in our last mayoral election.
As someone who sees local civic engagement as the key to opening the door to the future Philadelphia (like a Philadelphia with more late night public transportation options), this low voter turnout is so disappointing. BUT, I’m more than confident that we can address it!
The way I see it: Just like artists put their work on abandoned buildings around Philly, we’re going to work with artists to put work up on the (seemingly) abandoned Election Day.
How am I helping? I’m going to bring my love for artists, for civic engagement, and for documenting amazing things happening around Philly. I’ll be running Next Stop: Democracy‘s social media channels, which I strongly encourage you to follow – links HERE: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
I’ll also be helping them to identify to 50+ artists we’ll be hiring to create our signs! And on that note…
If you’re interesting in being one of the artists we work with, click HERE and submit your sign idea by Friday, June 19th. All 25 winning artists will receive $250 to help them create their sign, as well as that warm feeling civic engagement naturally provides! (Not to mention lots of love on social media from me.)
If you’re not an artist but still interested in bringing attention to this project, PLEASE do talk about it on your social media channels using the hashtag #VoteNov3rd… We’re looking to make a big splash this next Election Day, and we need all the best and brightest in Philadelphia to help us!
Hope y’all are able to come out to the Philadelphia Museum of Art tomorrow night (Wednesday) for the Streets Dept Presents: The Evolution of Street Art panel discussion with Gaia, Joe Boruchow, Ishknits, Harlequinade, and Kid Hazo!
Absolutely LOVE this, as I do all Hazo installations around Philly!
Some may remember too, Kid Hazo toyed with the idea of replacing South Philly’s iconic ‘King of Jeans’ sign back in February. Seems all the super positive feedback to the idea pushed him to do it.
And just as a reminder: Kid Hazo will be one of five artists on my ‘Streets Dept Present: The Evolution of Street Art’ panel discussion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art happening on May 27th… MORE INFO HERE!