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Spring Garden El Stop Gets Stunning New Light Installations

December 26, 2016

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Holy freaking moly, I LOVE this!

This week the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) unveiled their long-awaited ‘Spring Garden Street Connector Project’, a dramatic new lighting installation inside the massive and formerly dimly lit I-95/Market-Frankford El overpass.

The beautiful new project was designed for DRWC by NV5 (Formerly The RBA Group) with Cloud Gehshan Associates and The Lighting Practice providing design expertise for the lighting and light panels. The installations serve as a welcoming gateway to and from the El’s Spring Garden street stop and Northern Liberties on one side and the Waterfront on the other!

I have used this stop literally countless times in my life since high school. Really could not be more pleased to see public transit stops getting some attention. Great work, y’all!

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And if you like this, you’ll LOVE South Philly’s “Electric Light Mural”!

And Just Like That…

December 26, 2016

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New wheatpaste by Nero on 5th street between South and Bainbridge!

See more work from Nero around Philly HERE!

Septic Mural in Kensington is Pure Magic

December 26, 2016

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I’m speechless!

Just absolutely in LOVE with Septic‘s mural outside Pilot Projects at 5th street and Cecil B. Moore avenue in Kensington… Someone in Philly hire Septic to do more murals please!

Old Pine Street Church Reacts to the Death of George Michael

December 25, 2016

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Shout out to whoever at the Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church (on Pine street between 4th and 5th) who put this little tribute to George Michael up just hours after his death was announced.

Just another one of the increasingly countless reasons I love this city! <3

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!

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