Eraserhood’s Goldtex Building Pays Homage to Its Abandoned/Graffitied Past, Supports Artists in the Process
If you read this blog with any frequency, you probably know that I do a good deal of exploring abandoned spaces in and around Philly. And Philly, for better or worse, is home to seemingly countless spaces left abandoned by the previous century’s industry and mass exodus (which now seems to be in reverse) of people moving from the city to the suburbs.
When walking through these spaces, I always try to imagine what they were, what they could be, and what they might actually become one day: from Graffiti Pier (which I actually argue should be left alone), to Fishtown’s Power Plant (which I dream of becoming a Tate-style modern art museum), to the Bok School in South Philly (which looks as though it may very well become artists working spaces.)
As the city continues to grow, abandoned spaces will naturally become more appetizing to developers. And the Goldtex Building in the Eraserhood is a prime example of the opportunity to restore and renovate the city’s aging, abandoned architecture. (This, of course, as opposed to tearing our history down.) I think that the more spaces like this that we can help to find new uses for, the better. For one, there’s a growing need for space, and if the options are to either tear down abandoned structures or reuse them, I vote for the latter. Secondly, these buildings help to add an undeniable Philly flavor to our streets and neighborhoods.
One of the more particularly interesting/exciting things about Goldtex is that throughout the building they pay homage to its past and to the graffiti artists who were among the few to use the space while it was left abandoned, leaving exposed pillars and beams to show some of the original graffiti. As well, the developers hired Philly’s own ESPO (Steve Powers) to paint murals throughout the building. Other street artists/graff writers works are on rotating display on the first floor.
I know that we won’t be able to save and/or find new purposes for every abandoned space, but when we can I think we should. And when we do, I encourage more developers to hire artists, graffiti writers, and muralists to do work in their spaces.
Check out some photos of the building before renovation below…
The 2015 mayoral election is going to be a HUGE one for Philly, and for anyone looking to create positive change in the city. So, over the course of this year I hope to use whatever voice I have to help draw attention to some issues I think we need our next mayor to address. And with that…
I’m INCREDIBLY proud and excited to announce that I will be the featured speaker at Philly Set Go‘s launch party on Tuesday, January 27th! Philly Set Go is a non-partisan political action committee aiming to empower more millennials to be politically active and to advocate for the issues that affect them.
Hope you’re able to come out: Get tickets HERE!
Jesus, four years. I can’t even begin to explain the gratitude I have to all the Philly (and non-Philly, for that matter) artists and readers who have made this blog what it is. I am truly so unbelievably grateful. Four years ago I was working at a coffee/gelato shop, taking classes at the Community College of Philadelphia, and playing around with a camera in my spare time. Today, I work as a social media strategist and have watched as door after door has opened for me: from hosting a TEDxPhilly Walk, to becoming an Instagram ‘Suggested User,’ to selling a photo to Rihanna, to meeting and developing relationships with some incredibly inspiring artists, bloggers, writers, photographers, and activists! (And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.) I can not thank you all enough, really. But I’ll try with this…
Win Your Very-Own Limited Edition 2015 Stikman Calendar!
The legendary Stikman has given this here blog 10 of his 2015 Stikman Calendars to give away. (Pictured above.) Here’s how you can win one:
1) Follow me on Instagram HERE.
2) Take a photo of a Stikman installation and hashtag it #StreetsDeptStikman. (His work is ALL over Philadelphia, and in countless cities around the world, for readers outside of Philly.)
Giveaway ends Sunday, January 25th at Midnight EST… That gives you a week, if you’d like to enter! All 10 winners will be notified by Instagram direct message.
Here’s some inspiration:
(Above photos by @Tommybaboon)