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Meg Saligman is Painting A “Hugging Pile” Mural in Bella Vista Because That’s What We All Want Right Now

April 21, 2020

Last week, a new mural inspired by our Coronavirus quarantine started to emerge on the outside of Meg Saligman’s Bella Vista studio!

Meg is, of course, one of our city’s most legendary public arts makers, creating such iconic Philly murals as Common Threads (1998) and Philadelphia Muses (2001). Meg’s studio, which is located on Bainbridge Street between 8th and 9th Streets, has hosted a number of rotating murals over the year including this much beloved one predicting the Philadelphia Eagles 2018 Super Bowl victory. That Eagles mural, by the way, is still there! This wall is pretty long. But, closer to the 9th Street side of the building, a new work of art featuring people and animals huddled close together has started to be painted.

Curious about the new additions, I called Meg Saligman. With the working title of, Hugging Pile, Meg told that she was inspired to create the mural in response to how she was feeling in this moment as the entire city is under stay-at-home orders to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. Meg’s studio, usually bustling with staff and projects, is a one-woman-workshop while all non-essential work is halted. She wanted to paint what she was longing for, Meg said: human touch, a hug, togetherness. So she got to painting for herself and for her neighbors to enjoy.

The mural is going up slowly as Meg works cautiously in these times. But I’ll be sure to update this post as it’s finished.

In the meantime, thank you, Meg!

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