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Philadelphia’s Top 10 Street Art Moments of 2016

December 22, 2016

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This year there was so SO much great street art as well as murals and public art installations that I’ve decided to separate the two into two different ‘Top 10’ lists. Click here to check out the ‘Philadelphia’s Top 10 Public Art Moments of 2016’ list!

And if you’re asking what’s the difference, Jesus lord I’m not doing my job… Murals and public art are commissioned, legal forms of art in the public space. And street art is not commissioned – it’s illegal – but it’s usually (or at least often) either done on buildings/walls that are abandoned or temporary or done in ways that are non-destructive. If you still have questions, come to one of the talks I do. I do lots of talks, y’all!

This ‘Top 10’ and its order were decided by you and your clicks. It represents the most clicked-on/liked street art-related StreetsDept.com posts of 2016! Ok, without further ado…

10) HAHA x Paradigm + Jim Bachor’s ‘Pothole Mosaics’

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The HAHA x Paradigm project continued to delight in 2016 with (among other things) this smile-inducing series of installations by mosaic artist Jim Bachor!

9) Binding Things’ Textile Installations

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“Growing” from a square of dirt in the concrete on Frankford avenue in Fishtown, I absolutely fell in love with the very first Binding Things installation I ever stumbled on and I’ve been following the artist’s clever work since.

8) REED’s Hanging Wire Installations

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This past summer saw Balitmore-based wire artist REED installing a number of his brilliant creations around Philly… Many are still around too, if you’re patient enough to look around! Read more…

Philadelphia’s Top 10 Public Art Moments of 2016

December 21, 2016

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(Brad Carney + Mural Arts Philadelphia’s ‘Rhythm and Hues’ mural at The Oval)

This year there was so SO much great street art as well as murals and public art installations that I’ve decided to separate the two into two different ‘Top 10’ lists. Click here to check out the ‘Philadelphia’s Top 10 Street Art Moments of 2016’ list!

And if you’re asking what’s the difference, Jesus lord I’m not doing my job… Murals and public art are commissioned, legal forms of art in the public space. And street art is not commissioned – it’s illegal – but it’s usually (or at least often) either done on buildings/walls that are abandoned or temporary or done in ways that are non-destructive. If you still have questions, come to one of the talks I do. I do lots of talks, y’all!

This ‘Top 10’ and its order were decided by you and your clicks. It represents the most clicked-on/liked public art-related StreetsDept.com posts of 2016! Ok, without further ado…

10) #AmICutOut, A Pop-up Art Installation to End Youth Homelessness in Philly

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#AmICutOut? was a one-day pop-up art installation in Dilworth Park that I helped to plan/organize with Covenant House Pennsylvania to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Philly and encourage donations so that Covenant House could expand their facilities and help more kids… Read more and learn how to donate here.

9) Nether Pays Respect to America’s Only All-gay and Transgender Gang

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Fucking LOVED this mural by Nether paying tribute to America’s only all-gay and transgender gang… Too much here to try and shorten, just take a minute and read my original post here!

8) Kid Hazo’s Homage to Mural Arts on Front Street

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In what turned out to be a bit of April Fools’ playfulness, this cheeky homage to Mural Arts Philadelphia painted by Kid Hazo on Honeygrow’s then new headquarters in Fishtown turned out to be sponsored by Mural Arts (though it was Kid Hazo and Honeygrow’s idea!) Cheeky squared. Read more…

This Just In: the North Pole is Actually Just Up on 5th and Cecil B. Moore!

December 7, 2016

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This may come as potentially upsetting news to anyone racist enough to be uncomfortable with the idea of a black Santa.

UPDATE 12/8: Thanks to the help of Instagram, just confirmed this mural is by GClarkArt!

My Favorite ‘Mural Arts Moment’ of 2016

December 6, 2016

 
What are my favorite Mural Arts’ murals of 2016?

Over the next two weeks, Mural Arts Philadelphia is asking a handful of Philadelphians what their favorite ‘Mural Arts Moments’ have been for an end-of-year video series they’re sharing on their Facebook… Be sure to follow along HERE to hear everyone’s favorite moments!

Diego Romero’s Awesome New ‘Honoring the Ancestors’ Mural in Fishtown

December 6, 2016

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LOVE this new Mural Arts mural by Diego Romero on the Fillmore in Fishtown!

Titled ‘Honoring the Ancestors’, Diego’s mural is a portrait of his grandfather. As Mural Arts writes on their Instagram:

Diego’s design incorporates pattern work inspired by the Huichol people of Mexico, who honor the connections between their ancestors and nature.

This gate on the Fillmore is curated by Mural Arts and is rotated about every six months… See pervious murals on this gate by artists NDA and Nether!

“I Will Not Shrink Myself…” Blur and Yuenglingblingbling Collaborate on New Street Art Series

December 6, 2016

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Philly street artists Blur and Yuenglingblingbling have collaborated on a new wheatpaste/sticker series… Really love these – hope to see more of them around town!

“Dry Ur Tears…” Amberella Wheatpastes New ‘Goth Hearts’ Around Philly

December 6, 2016

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It’s Amberella‘s town and we’re just living in it… So much awesome work from Amberella the last few months, I love it!

See more of Amberella’s wheatpastes around Philly HERE!

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