This past weekend marked the return of TEDxPhiladelphia (which took a hiatus last year, but which plans to return to the city of Brotherly Love every year moving forward.) And with its return came a new addition to the day-long conference: 3 out-of-conference ‘Adventures!’ Luckily enough, I was asked to host one of these 3 Adventures, which I immediately decided I would use to explore and discuss Philly’s thriving street art and graffiti culture.
On what turned out to be a rainy, yet thankfully somewhat warm, Saturday, I took 2 lovely and excited groups of fellow street art/graffiti admirers around Midtown Village and Fishtown in what was titled ‘The Street Art Workshop of the World’ TEDx Walk,’ in honor of this year’s TEDxPhiladelphia official theme of ‘The New Workshop Of The World.’
Over the tours, we explored the works of Joe Boruchow, Kid Hazo, NoseGo, Pussy Division, Steve Powers (ESPO), Miriam Singer, Gaia, How and Nosm, Kenny Scharf, VHILS (the last 5 artists, it should be mentioned, created murals in association with Mural Arts, and the last 4 also in association with Goldman Properties), Freewall Philly, Get Up, Stikman, Le Josh, and many, many more!
What an amazing experience! Both groups were beyond fantastic. Filled with excitement and ready with wonderful questions, somehow not at all hampered by the soggy day. I couldn’t have asked for more, and needless to say this tweet (as well as the kind words from many of the people after the tours) made my weekend…
— Mike Jackson (@alrightmike) March 29, 2014
Check out some of the photos taken by the tours’ participents below, and click on the photos to be taken to their respective Instagram pages for more!
Thanks again to everyone who came out Saturday!
And, in case you were wondering, I definitely plan to do this again – exploring more neighborhoods in Philly and more! Stay tuned…
(Photo courtesy of Kid Hazo)
Announcing ‘The Street Art Workshop of the World’ TEDx Walk: Presented by Streets Dept and TEDxPhiladelphia
Come celebrate and explore Philadelphia: the street art workshop of the world.
Join Conrad Benner, photographer and creator of StreetsDept.com (a Philadelphia-based street art blog,) in discovering a diverse array of Philly street art and graffiti, covering two of the city’s most active neighborhoods for public art: Midtown Village and Fishtown.
Beginning in Midtown Village in Center City, we’ll explore the work of internationally renown artists: Vilhs, How and Nosm, Gaia and Kenny Scharf. We’ll then walk to the 13th Street stop of the Market-Frankford El and take the train to Fishtown, where we will see the work of a number of prominent local artists.
Philadelphia is the birthplace of modern graffiti, dating back to the late 1960s. The city continues to thrive today as a center for public art in all its countless forms. From the murals curated by the Mural Arts Program to wheatpastes, stickers, installations and graffiti, Philly has the largest public art collection in the country.
This event is presented in conjunction with TEDxPhiladelphia 2014, which will explore the theme “The New Workshop of the World” on Friday, March 28 at Temple Performing Arts Center. TEDxPhiladelphia offers interactive, immersive experiences for all participants. The not-for-profit group, licensed by TED, was created in the spirit of the TED conference and its mission, “ideas worth spreading.” While the 2014 conference is SOLD OUT, audiences everywhere can access a free live video webcast of speaker talks at www.TEDxPhiladelphia.org on March 28 and watch talks year-round after the event.
Thanks to the truly overwhelming response I got after the tickets to my TEDxPhiladelphia Walk sold out last week, we’ve decided to do an encore Walk later that afternoon…
(Photos by artist)
With over 40 linoleum tile pieces installed in various sections of the city over the past few months, there’s a good chance you’ve seen local artist Versatile’s work around town. And, if you’re like me, you’re really liking his style.
Excited to see what Versatile has got planned next!