(Photos by Zhenya Grinshteyn)
Some background by Zhenya…
“The Beury Building, or as it may be better known, the Boner Forever building, was designed by esteemed Art Deco theater architect William Harold Lee. Erected over the course of one year in 1927, it was originally built to house the National Bank of North Philadelphia. The building only became known as the Beury several years later in recognition of the bank’s first president – Charles Beury – who also served as president of Temple University.
At an imposing 14 floors, this building is actually the only Art Deco style building in Philadelphia outside of the downtown area. Despite this, and even after earning its place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, the building has sat abandoned for over twenty years. Much like the Divine Lorraine just several blocks South on Broad St., the Beury is just a shell of its former self. The insides are mostly gutted, and there are only glimmers of the financial prowess that was once housed inside.
Oh, and that Boner Forever tag? Most people that see it assume that some wise guy wanted to be funny and cheaply offensive. The fact is, however, that Boner and Forever are actually two different graffiti artists. As rumor has it, there was a feud going on between the two artists and to show that it was all settled, they rolled their names next to each other on both sides of the Beury.”
More photos below… Read more…
9th and Dickinson, to be exact… And it looks like it’s nearly done too! (One more square left.)
HAHA MAG and Paradigm Gallery Bring “Urban Geodes” Artist to Philly – Want Your Help Finding Locations!
(Photos courtesy of Paige Smith)
In collaboration with the incredibly exciting HAHA MAG x Paradigm Gallery Community Arts Program, LA-based “Urban Geodes” artist Paige Smith (aka A Common Name) will be coming to Philadelphia sometime in the next few weeks to install her beautiful creations in forgotten spaces (like those above) all over the city… And, great news – they want our help finding locations!
Tweet and/or Instagram me (@StreetsDept) using the hashtag #PhillyGeodes, or simply comment below, with your recommend spots for Paige Smith’s AMAZING installations.
So excited for this project… Been a huge fan of it for years, and so glad to see it come to Philly (hell, the East Coast, for that matter) in such a big way!
Beyond honored to be named one of the “Best Blog for Travelers” by the UK’s Guardian…
(Photos by Langston Clement)
Philly Travels is a Streets Dept series that takes Philadelphians’ eyes (well, their lenses, more like it) on street art they find in their travels around the world.
Today, we get this AMAZING account of Langston Clement‘s recent trip to Amsterdam…
Stickers, stencils, wheat pastes, tags, throw ups…you name it – it’s all good here in Amsterdam. This is a city well known for its architecture, design and storybook-like streets filled with bikes, trees, people and canals. In the 1980′s, budding Dutch graffiti writers traveled overseas to NYC around the time New York artists began taking their work from the walls to canvases and art galleries. Decades later, you can find a wealth of original work and creative styles from famous Amsterdam artists like Delta (3D graffiti writer and architect) to the world renowned London Police. The London Police were pioneers in the early street art days and remain the beloved hometown heroes of Amsterdam. Their trademarked precision of perfectly hand drawn circles and iconic LADS characters have landed them their place rightful place in street art history. You would think that with such a famous crew, other local artists would have more free reign of the city. Well, this certainly isn’t the case. Read more…
(Photo by Damon Landry)
HAVE to check this out…
“The elusive Stikman is showing his artwork indoors right now at the offices of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. …in the house… is open now through November 13th, but there’s an evening reception TONIGHT from 6-8pm.” -RJ Rushmore, Vandalog
Check out more of Damon’s photos and get some more details over at Vandalog!