So excited to finally announce this…
In honor of Streets Dept’s 3-year anniversary this week – and to thank you all for the love and support you have shown me, this blog, and the artists I’ve highlighted over that time – I’m excited today to announce my first-ever giveaway: a NoseGo + Ishknits collaborative sculpture!
Created in late 2011 by two of the most influential and exciting artists I’ve had the pleasure of documenting over the past 3 years, I’ve been holding on to this wonderful piece for an occasion such as this… And now it can be yours!
How to win:
1. Follow @StreetsDept, @NoseGo and @Ishknits on Instagram
2. Find an existing NoseGo mural or Ishknits installation in Philadelphia (though, to be quite honest, I only know of one Ishknits piece that still stands)
3. Instagram the mural or installation using the hashtag #StreetsDeptGiveaway
This giveaway will run 1 week, so there’s not much time! Winner will be selected randomly at noon on Tuesday, January 28th, and contacted through Instagram.
Good luck y’all!
3 years ago this week I started StreetsDept.com…
I can’t even begin to explain the amount of joy starting this little website has brought me over the years (not to mention the many, many doors it’s opened.) From meeting and learning from some of Philly’s most inspiring and talented artists, to experimenting with, and developing, my own photography. I couldn’t have asked for a better city, or a better community, to have tried this in… Here’s hoping for another 3!
So far, this winter has been awesome for creating some truly BEAUTIFUL moments… Hope you’re following along!
(Photos by Zhenya Grinshteyn)
Beautiful little tour of Fishtown’s Ajax Metal Company complex by photographer Zhenya Grinshteyn!
Some background by Zhenya…
“Fishtown’s industrial heritage includes several metalworking and metal-fabrication establishments that date to the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One vestige of the recent past is the Ajax Metal Company complex [across the street from the Barbary.] Consisting of four buildings constructed between 1893 and 1944, this complex, once devoted to the smelting and refining of metals, embraces the entire block bounded by Frankford Avenue to the east, Richmond Street to the north, Allen Street to the south, and Interstate 95 to the west. In 1950 Ajax sold the site to its present owner and it was left to rot shortly there after despite some of the bays still being used for storage. (http://www.workshopoftheworld.com/fishtown/ajax.html, 2007).
This entire factory and warehouse space will soon be gone – replaced by some “modern” condos and retail space as part of Philly’s brighter image. Despite the heavy graffiti and years of neglect, there is still enough grandeur left in the remaining wood of the upstairs office space to give a hint of what the past looked like in this once magnificent structure.”
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(Photos by Zhenya Grinshteyn)
(Photos by Ruin Porn)
(Photos by Jason Chen)
Pakistani artist, Summayya Jillani, continued to post up some AMAZING new wheatpastes around Philly this week…
Her art known for dressing up pop culture icons in classic Pakistani attire, Summayya Jillani came to Philly to install her work in association with the HAHA MAG x Paradigm Gallery Community Arts Program… Needless to say, I LOVE this!
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Located at 9th and Dickinson streets in South Philadelphia, Joe Boruchow created his biggest wheatpaste to-date this past October with this beautiful mural.
Made using restored stained glass windows from decommissioned churches and the bottoms of broken bottles that he found around the city, Justin Tyner created a series of gorgeous, kaleidoscopic mosaics that he installed around South Philly in June. (Check out the full post HERE written by Philadelphia Magazine News Editor Brian G. Howard!)
(Photos courtesy of NoseGo)
It would hardly seem a list about Philadelphia street art if it did not include NoseGo. And the constantly inspiring artist did not disappoint in 2013, creating these two new mural, as well as a ton of more work around the city and around the globe!
(Photo by Harlequinade Art)
AliCè (Alice Pasquini,) the amazingly talented street artist from Rome, stopped by Philly in March to put up two new pieces of work… The first in South Philly, in the Italian Market at 9th and Washington streets. The second tucked away in Center City on Ionic street, just above 20th.
November saw LA-based artist Paige Smith installing a bunch of her famous “Urban Geodes” around Philly in collaboration with the HAHA MAG x Paradigm Gallery Community Arts Program… Absolutely LOVE her work/this project!