Streets Dept Presents: Philadelphia’s Top 10 Street Art Moments of 2013
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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!
Feburary saw some sad news for mural lovers and Noam Chomsky enthusiasts alike, as construction at the corner of 19th street and Fairmount avenue (which at the time of this photo only slightly covered up Philly’s much-loved Noam Chomsky mural,) was indeed a sign of the mural’s soon departure from the Fairmount streetscape.
According to Plan Philly, the mural honoring one of Philly’s – and the world’s – finest thinkers was to be replaced by 15 new rental apartments, seven parking spaces, and “some type of food retail space.”
A city that became the backdrop for a viral photo series by photographer Hannah Price documenting men who cat-called her, Philadelphia saw a group of feminist activist by the name of Pussy Division seek to bring greater awareness to street harassment, one of our city’s most prolific problems in 2013, through “guerilla marketing,” including a series of anti-street harassment stencils like the one above.
(Photo courtesy of Kid Hazo)
In mid-July, at the crux of “TBT” coming into the national lexicon, Kid Hazo installed this real-life reminder of the weekly day of observation for passers-by at 6th and Bainbridge streets in Queen Village.
Found early morning November 1st (and quickly taken down,) still very little is known about this installation. Except for the fact that it is hilarious.
In late September, Kid Hazo gave the PPA some much-needed payback, and everyone loved it…a lot, apparently. Making it that most viewed street art-related post on this site in 2013.
A few honorable mentions…
(Photos courtesy of @chairmanbaker)
(Photo by The Cat Ears)
Speaking of Kid Hazo (again,) was 2013 the ‘Year Of Hazo?’ I think it just might have been. And from what I’m hearing, we’ve only just seen the tip of the Hazo iceberg. 2014 should be mighty interesting, Philadelphia… Stay tuned!
In the meantime, however…