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Exhibiting Philly Street Art Photos at PHL International Airport

February 27, 2018

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Philadelphia International Airport’s exhibition program, Art At The Airport, and I’m so pumped to announce today that my photos are apart of this year’s exhibition!

“Art At The Airport is a nationally-recognized, award-winning visual arts initiative. The purpose of the program is to provide visibility for Philadelphia’s unique cultural life and to enrich the experience of the traveling public. Since its inception in 1998, there have been more than 300 exhibits featuring work by artists and arts/cultural institutions from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.” -Art At The Airport’s website

Of course, this exhibition (and my blog) wouldn’t be possible without the INCREDIBLE artists who create work for the streets of Philadelphia! Following are the artists and artworks that appear in my photos:

Shawn Theodore for Revolutionary Art, Binding Things, David Guinn and Drew Billiau, Bruno Guerreiro, Lily Yeh with The Village of Arts and Humanities and Jim (Big Man) Maxton, NDA, Butter And Salmon, Ryan Strand Greenberg, Septic, Michelle Angela Ortiz for Signs of Solidarity, Ephemeroh, LJanet, Jim Bachor with HAHAxParadigm, Rubicon1, Glossblack and Evan Lovett, Brad Carney, Aubrie Costello for Signs of Solidarity, Lauren West, Amberella, Glossblack for Signs of Solidarity, Evan Lovett with V.U.R.T., Kid Hazo, Reed, BlurJoe Boruchow for Revolutionary Art, YomiV.U.R.T., and Mural Arts Philadelphia!

Thanks so much to the airport for this opportunity! And, seriously, it is awesome that our airport does this. The walls that they’re showcasing local artists work on are walls that they could easily sell to advertisers and make a ton of money. I’m so proud of Philly that we have this program. If you’ve ever attended one of my street art walks or read my Purpose Statement you know how I feel about the butterfly effect and why I’m always in favor of less ads and more art in all our public spaces. (And yes, I would definitely argue that airports are public spaces.)

If you’re flying anytime in the next eight months, my photos will be up now through the end of October, which is slightly longer than the normal six-month showing just because it’s the anniversary year. You can see them at the end of Terminal D!

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Playful New Yarnbomb on Spring Garden

March 16, 2018

(Photos by Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale)

Awesome new yarnbomb installation yesterday by Nicole Nikolich (aka @lace_in_the_moon) at the intersection of 12th and Spring Garden streets!

While this is the first yarnbomb I think I’ve ever seen from Nicole, I am definitely bummed that I apparently missed this “Guacward” yarnbomb that she did last summer. Excited to see if she does more as it gets warmer!

See other yarnbomb installations by the following artists at their respective links: Ishknits, Binding Things.

Interviews with Street Artists: Reviving Philly Sticker Art with Aviz

March 7, 2018

Interview and photos by Streets Dept Contributor, Eric Dale.

Few street artists in Philly are quite as prolific as Philadelphia sticker artist Avizzle, or Aviz. Center City street signs and newspaper boxes are filled with his work, but you can also find his character on less-trafficked residential streets throughout the city. His stickers are so abundant because his goal over the four years he’s been putting them up has been to perpetuate Philly’s unique, hand-drawn sticker tradition – and maybe bring it back from the brink.

For today’s latest Interviews with Street Artists, Streets Dept’s Eric Dale talked with Aviz as he put up some fresh stickers around Center City!

Streets Dept’s Eric Dale: How did you get started doing stickers?
Avizzle: Originally, I got into the whole thing because of Snod. He introduced me to stickers early in the game, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever! And then I researched it and realized Philadelphia has a community. That’s how I kind of found my place.

SD: What’s the origin of your character?
AV: When I first started, I was just thinking “I need to have my own character!” So I started creating a bunch of random characters. But Philly has a distinct style that a lot of sticker artists had back in the day – it’s not something that you can just pull off Google Images. There’s a certain aesthetic, so I tried to follow that.

SD: So your character has evolved over time?
AV: Yeah. I had a notebook, I remember, where I had created 10 different characters. Then I narrowed it down to two, and then to one. But the first one kind of looked like this one guy down in South Philly named Kaddy. So I changed it up a bit, and over time elaborated on it and it started to take its form. It takes a while! I knew how to draw, but for the first six months it was really rough. When I first started, I made it super aggressive and grim – like, sinister. But once I figured out my style, I just stuck with the more cartoony look. Technically, my character was supposed to be a dog, but it got so misconstrued! Now it’s a shark, I guess.

SD: You’ve previously described sticker art as a hobby. What’s the most fulfilling part of it for you?
AV: I would say just walking around the city. Before I got into sticker art, I didn’t really go out that much. So getting into stickers made me more active in the streets – just knowing what’s around and also experiencing things that I never knew existed. I would go to random areas – Northern Liberties for one. I would never go there if it wasn’t for stickers. Or up in the middle of West Philly – there’s no reason for me to go there.

SD: Do you think it will ever be more than a hobby? Read more…

Beatuiful New Mural Collaboration by Alloyius Mcilwaine and Renda Writer in North Philly

March 6, 2018

(Photos by Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale)

Absolutely in LOVE with this beautiful new mural collaboration between Philly’s own Alloyius Mcilwaine and Miami-based muralist Renda Writer, installed late last month outside the Warehouse On Watts at Watts and Cambridge streets in North Philly!

This collaboration is the latest creation of Renda’s World Peace Mural Tour, which has seen the making of over 50 (and counting) murals around the world that read “World Peace” in simple handwritten text, sometimes accompanied by the work of a local artist. Renda’s mission with the tour, as his website reads, is to “help to enact change through the power of the written word and the influence of public art.”

Great work, guys!

Humpty Trumpty Had A Great Fall

March 6, 2018

Found this wheatpaste (artist unknown) on 40th street at Chestnut street in West Philly last night. And seeing its relatively good condition I thought it was new. But after posting about it to my Instagram I had one person (thanks Jason Coopman!) say that it’s been up in that spot since late 2016. Even Google Street View shows the paste there in August of 2017.

In a city that spends over a million dollars a year buffing (aka removing) graffiti and street art, it’s very rare that anything lasts longer than a few months. And when it does, as it clearly has in this case, it’s almost always a sign of general approval from the community who see it day in and day out. And that’s because if even one person had called this piece in to 311 to complain about it over the last year+, it would have been buffed by now.

Does anyone know that artist?!

Fire Breathing Rainbow Piranha Discovered in Fairmount Park

February 27, 2018

(Photos by Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale)

LOVE this “fire breathing rainbow piranha” by Binding Things installed on the Girard Avenue Bridge above Fairmount Park!

P.s. Someone just messaged me on Twitter that this piece was just taken down, so don’t go looking for it if you like it. You’ll just have to wait for the next Binding Things piece!

See previous work by Binding Things around Philly here.

A Look Back at the Wild Philadelphia Winter of 2017-18 (VIDEO)

February 27, 2018

Welcome to the 7th installment of Streets Dept + WeFilmPhilly‘s yearlong, 12-part collaborative #PhillyMinute series!

WeFilmPhilly is a Philadelphia-based (duh!) video production company that specializes in high quality drone aerial photography, aerial 4K video, and video production. Since August of 2017, Streets Dept has been working with WeFilmPhilly to create monthly videos that explore Philly’s public art and architecture from new angles. Each video is shot from above with aerial drone footage and sound recorded from the ground.

For this month’s video, we’re exploring the crazy/ beautiful/ eerie weather of Winter 2017-18, including frozen rivers, foggy landscapes, and more!

See the rest of the Streets Dept + WeFilmPhilly collaborative #PhillyMinute series here:
Part I, Rush Hour at City Hall
Part II, Comcast Technology Center and Philly’s Growing Skyline
Part III, Rolling Through Philly on the Market–Frankford Line El
Part IV, Sunrise at Graffiti Pier
Part V, The Miracle On South 13th Street
Part VI, Philly Goes Green for The Birds

And if you’re interested in collaborating with WePhillyPhilly, reach out to them here.

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