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NDA Installs Philly’s First Large-Scale Street Art Sculpture Series

April 24, 2018

A new form of street art hit the streets of Philadelphia this weekend… Philly: Meet large-scale sculptural street art!

Much more on this work and an interview with its artist NDA below, but first let me quickly break down some terms to help better explain why the installation documented in this post is so 1) Interesting to me personally as someone who’s been running a blog about Philly street art for now over seven years, and 2) Something truly unique and completely different than any other kind of street art we’ve seen in Philly (maybe) ever. Read more…

YES: Kyle Confehr’s New Mural on Warehouse on Watts

April 23, 2018

(Photo by Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale)

Absolutely in love with this little mural by Philly-based artist Kyle Confehr outside Warehouse On Watts at Watts and Cambridge streets in North Philly… More (and bigger) murals in Philly by Kyle Confehr, please.

Also, shout out to Warehouse On Watts for commissioning not only this new mural, but also this brilliant one by Alloyius Mcilwaine and Renda Writer!

Words of Support and Encouragement Are Popping Up Around Philly Thanks to A Street Artist’s New Series

April 23, 2018

A new street art series from Philly-based street artist, Amberella, offers hope to any/all Philadelphians going through it right now.

Probably best known for her ubiquitous Goth Heart series that’s been going strong for about two years now and which has helped to propel the artist to become one of Philly’s most well-know street artists, her new Fortunate series is wheatpasting words of support and encouragement.

In addition to the Fortunate paste photographed in this post that’s located on 2nd street at Girard avenue in Northern Liberties, Amberella’s new series has also pasted the following phrases around Philly: “No one can diminish your light, keep shining,” “You will be ok,” and “You will be happy again.”

Amberella’s ability to (seemingly effortlessly) mix the personal with the universal is just one of the reasons I’m such a big fan of her work, and as a big believer in the butterfly effect as well I’m so excited to watch this new series flourish and inspire!

Ishknits Installs “Time’s Up” Yarnbomb in Philly

April 19, 2018

A new installation this week by Philly-based yarnbomber, Ishknits, on 11th street at Callowhill street proclaims: “Time’s Up”!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last handful of months, then you know that Ishknits’ new piece is a large, knitted version of the black and white Time’s Up logo. A departure from Ishknits generally much more colorful yarnbombs, she wrote the following to her Instagram after installing the piece:

“In late 2016, I installed one of my Khaleesi pieces at this location with the aim of amplifying our voices and our stories and our experiences. Now, in 2018 – we have a movement. It has a name. The joy this gives me is beyond words. I am so proud of the women who have collectively raised their voices loud enough to make this possible. Special thank you to Tarana Burke for #MeToo.”

Absolutely love this, Ishknits!

Join Me: Announcing May’s 2nd Saturday Street Art Tour, The Gayborhood

April 19, 2018

(Photo by Eric Dale from April’s 2nd Saturday Street Art Tour: Kensington, mural by Yomi)

2nd Saturday Street Art Tours are BACK for a 2018 Season!

Streets Dept’s 2nd Saturday Street Art Tours are a new kind of guided walking tour that explore the art in Philadelphia’s public spaces one neighborhood at a time. Each month we walk a different neighborhood in search of street art, graffiti, murals – and more! Each tour hosted and led by’s founder Conrad Benner.

For this, the second tour of our 2018 Season, we’ll be checking out one of Philadelphia’s most concentrated and historically significant districts for murals, which includes The Gayborhood, the streets adjacent to the Avenue of the Arts, and West South Street!

Learn more and get your tickets HERE!

Sneak Preview: Tiny Room for Elephants 2018

April 19, 2018

Holy shit: If y’all aren’t planning on going to Tiny Room for Elephants in Philly this weekend, what are you even doing with your life?

For the last three years, Tiny Room for Elephants (aka “TRFE”) has hosted an annual art and music exhibition that features the work of some of the Philadelphia area’s most prolific artists, illustrators, street artists, graffiti writers, and DJs; this year they’re adding the work of a few photographers as well.

Most of the artists and writers participating in TRFE create their pieces, their murals, in the space that the exhibition will be held in over the days and weeks leading to the exhibition’s opening. The “tiny room,” as it were, is then opened for a single weekend inviting any and all to come check out what’s been made surrounded by fellow creatives from many of Philly’s different (and too often siloed) arts communities. In all, it adds up to an event unmatched in Philadelphia. Definitely something not to be missed!

The brainchild of lead organizers/curators YaYa Horne, Donte Neal (Mars,) Chris White, and Damion Ward (who are photographed together below,) this year’s stellar list of artists and writers includes: Stacey (Flygirrl) Wilson, Air Rat, SeperMarshall Linton, Joshua Ruggeri, Willis Nomo, Semet, BustaEnemBenjamin J. Howard, Saga Moor, Lawren Alice, Lotits, Noel Wilmore, Texas, Gane, YomiPriscilla Bell, Makeda, Bnmprez, Leondiastemata, and Phobymo! A full list of the DJ line-up can be found here.

The exhibition opens this Friday (tomorrow!) and goes through Sunday at Bok in South Philly…

Tiny Room for Elephants
Friday 4/20 (6-10pm, $4.20, 21+)
Saturday 4/21 (6-10pm, $4.20, 21+)
Sunday 4/22 (12-4pm, FREE, All Ages)
WHERE: The Bok Building, 1901 South 9th street

Check out more of my sneak preview below. See y’all there this weekend! Read more…

Sheldon Abba’s Street Art Tribute to 52nd Street’s Black-owned Businesses

April 13, 2018

(Photos by Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale)

Installed last fall, just spotted this piece from Sheldon Abba!

The installation is apart of Sheldon’s Cross City Communication series that’s aimed at highlighting ephemeral moments in our quickly changing city and connecting Philadelphians across neighborhoods. You can read my interview with Sheldon from when he launched the series here.

The piece photographed in this post is installed in an old abandoned pay-phone on 52 Street in West Philly. Sheldon wrote the following about this installation to his Instagram:

“52nd Street represents a part of the city’s history of black owned business and economic sovereignty. From the African Cultural Art Forum (ACAF) to the bulls selling tees from sidewalk stands, individuals are working to provide for themselves and their families on their own terms. I felt fortunate to get to explore that zone this summer while working on the PHL Assembled project and now enjoy going out there when I have time to cop sunglasses from the sidewalk stands (best cheap pairs I’ve found in a while,) grab some Jamaican food from the spot on the corner of Locust, and go chill in the park.”

“I thought this photo of a shop owner holding a million balloons (count them, it’s definitely a million) represents the vibe and energy you feel out there walking the street.”

Absolutely love this series from Sheldon… Be sure to follow him on Instagram to see his latest installations!

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