Students at the Science Leadership Academy Wheatpaste a Mural on 22nd Street!!
(Photos by SLA sophomores Helen Kilmartin and Isabela Aznar)
Oh my god, I’m in love with this soooooo much!!
Inspired by the Inside Out Project, which was founded by street artist, teachers and students at the Science Leadership Academy collaborated last week to put together a street art project on the JFK bridge walls of 22nd street, between the school and neighboring grocery store, Trader Joe’s.
According to SLA’s blog:
The concept of the project is to tell a story of SLA’s culture thorough black and white portraits. The mural is made up of many pictures of students from SLA making very expressive faces, along with quotes from Mr. Block’s language identity unit.
The pictures were taken at a very close range, which is meant to give the viewer a feeling of invasion, that they are entering the subject’s perspective of the world, or see them in a new light.
“It was an experience,” Sophomore Dejah Harley stated. “Putting it up made me realize that every one’s different, and people have their own ways of thinking and their own personalities.”
Seriously, more Philly schools should do stuff like this around their neighborhoods. It’s so easy, but the impact is soooooooooo great. On both the kids and teachers, and the city.
SLA even found getting permission to put the mural up was much easier than they thought, requiring only a quick call to PennDOT.
Students at the Science Leadership Academy wheatpaste a mural on 22nd street… LOVE this!! wp.me/p1gwum-u6
— Streets Dept (@StreetsDept) February 29, 2012