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Six New Works of Public Art Installed at Philly’s Navy Yard, Meet “Code Name: M.I.M.O.S.A.”

September 15, 2020

This week, Group X and the Philadelphia Navy Yard announce their latest secret project, Mystery Island and the Marvelous Occurrence of Spontaneous Art (code name: M.I.M.O.S.A.), a collection of six new temporary works of public art that play with the built environment of Philadelphia’s former League Island. Keen readers of this blog might remember the group’s pervious projects, 2018’s Sea Monsters HERE with artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas and 2019’s Tape Philadelphia: Enter the Cocoon. This year’s project includes not one but six new works of art from seven acclaimed local and international artists: Liesbet Bussche, DAKU, Justin Favela, Kid Hazo with South Fellini, Reed Bmore, and Raquel Rodrigo.

The project is open to the public now through November 2, 2020. The Navy Yard is open daily to the public from sunrise to sunset. All the artworks are visible from the street and/or sidewalk and accessible for folks who use wheelchairs. And the standard 2020 rules apply: you must wear a mask at all times, and you’re asked to socially distance from any other visitors while you’re there.

Each #MIMOSAnavyyard installation plays with the built environment from Liesbet’s building-sized “Rusty Love” necklace and Raquel’s building-wrapped yarnbomb, to DAKU’s work that casts rays of hope on the sidewalk of Crescent Park and Kid Hazo x South Fellini’s installations that use an existing bridge to wink at Philly culture and a beloved childhood book.

The locations for all six installations are as follows:
Liesbet Bussche’s Urban Jewelry / Rusty Love at Admiral Peary Way and South Broad Street
Justin Favela’s Libertad (Freedom) at 12th Street, between Normandy Plaza and Constitution Avenue
DAKU’s Ray of Hope at Crescent Park
Raquel Rodrigo’s Florecer at 13th Street and Constitution Avenue
Reed Bmore’s BitterSweetVine at Project Location at Marine Parade Grounds
Kid Hazo x South Fellini’s Where the Wild Jawns Are at League Island Park

And y’all, it never really hit me until I walked around to check out these installations with some other press this week just how big the Navy Yard is! Make a plan with your circle to take a nice day down there, enjoy the green spaces (there are many!) as well as these awesome new temporary artworks.

You can learn more about the Navy Yard and their Code Name: M.I.M.O.S.A. project here!

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