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Beatuiful New Mural Collaboration by Alloyius Mcilwaine and Renda Writer in North Philly

March 6, 2018

(Photos by Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale)

Absolutely in LOVE with this beautiful new mural collaboration between Philly’s own Alloyius Mcilwaine and Miami-based muralist Renda Writer, installed late last month outside the Warehouse On Watts at Watts and Cambridge streets in North Philly!

This collaboration is the latest creation of Renda’s World Peace Mural Tour, which has seen the making of over 50 (and counting) murals around the world that read “World Peace” in simple handwritten text, sometimes accompanied by the work of a local artist. Renda’s mission with the tour, as his website reads, is to “help to enact change through the power of the written word and the influence of public art.”

Great work, guys!

Humpty Trumpty Had A Great Fall

March 6, 2018

Found this wheatpaste (artist unknown) on 40th street at Chestnut street in West Philly last night. And seeing its relatively good condition I thought it was new. But after posting about it to my Instagram I had one person (thanks Jason Coopman!) say that it’s been up in that spot since late 2016. Even Google Street View shows the paste there in August of 2017.

In a city that spends over a million dollars a year buffing (aka removing) graffiti and street art, it’s very rare that anything lasts longer than a few months. And when it does, as it clearly has in this case, it’s almost always a sign of general approval from the community who see it day in and day out. And that’s because if even one person had called this piece in to 311 to complain about it over the last year+, it would have been buffed by now.

Does anyone know that artist?!

Exhibiting Philly Street Art Photos at PHL International Airport

February 27, 2018

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Philadelphia International Airport’s exhibition program, Art At The Airport, and I’m so pumped to announce today that my photos are apart of this year’s exhibition! Read more…

Fire Breathing Rainbow Piranha Discovered in Fairmount Park

February 27, 2018

(Photos by Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale)

LOVE this “fire breathing rainbow piranha” by Binding Things installed on the Girard Avenue Bridge above Fairmount Park!

P.s. Someone just messaged me on Twitter that this piece was just taken down, so don’t go looking for it if you like it. You’ll just have to wait for the next Binding Things piece!

See previous work by Binding Things around Philly here.

A Look Back at the Wild Philadelphia Winter of 2017-18 (VIDEO)

February 27, 2018

 
Welcome to the 7th installment of Streets Dept + WeFilmPhilly‘s yearlong, 12-part collaborative #PhillyMinute series!

WeFilmPhilly is a Philadelphia-based (duh!) video production company that specializes in high quality drone aerial photography, aerial 4K video, and video production. Since August of 2017, Streets Dept has been working with WeFilmPhilly to create monthly videos that explore Philly’s public art and architecture from new angles. Each video is shot from above with aerial drone footage and sound recorded from the ground.

For this month’s video, we’re exploring the crazy/ beautiful/ eerie weather of Winter 2017-18, including frozen rivers, foggy landscapes, and more!

See the rest of the Streets Dept + WeFilmPhilly collaborative #PhillyMinute series here:
Part I, Rush Hour at City Hall
Part II, Comcast Technology Center and Philly’s Growing Skyline
Part III, Rolling Through Philly on the Market–Frankford Line El
Part IV, Sunrise at Graffiti Pier
Part V, The Miracle On South 13th Street
Part VI, Philly Goes Green for The Birds

And if you’re interested in collaborating with WePhillyPhilly, reach out to them here.

It’s Your Last Chance to See 9 Brilliantly Painted MLK Statues Around Philly

February 21, 2018

*This post is a part of a paid partnership with Comcast*

“Dr. King is a man of many ideals. He wanted people to come together in peace, no matter their skin color. And you look around this room, you see artists of every color, every race. I think we’re living his dream.” -Shamar Clement, Student at Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts 

This winter, students from around Philadelphia worked together on a project commissioned by Comcast to paint nine busts of Martin Luther King, Jr. The busts were painted with images inspired by different influential and enduring quotes from Dr. King and were then installed around Philly just before MLK Day this past January. Now there’s only a few days left to see the statues out around town!

The project is called Keep Marching, and it was created to honor and celebrate the words of one of America’s most prominent Civil Rights leaders in Dr. King. Each of the statues has been in a public or freely accessible space for the last number of weeks, and each will come down at the end of this month, Black History Month.

Click here to see all nine busts and their locations, and plan your visits now!

All Green Everything: Philly Turns Green for The Birds (VIDEO)

February 8, 2018


 Welcome to the 6th installment of Streets Dept + WeFilmPhilly‘s yearlong, 12-part collaborative #PhillyMinute series!

WeFilmPhilly is a Philadelphia-based (duh!) video production company that specializes in high quality drone aerial photography, aerial 4K video, and video production. Since August of 2017, Streets Dept has been working with WeFilmPhilly to create monthly videos that explore Philly’s public art and architecture from new angles. Each video is shot from above with aerial drone footage and sound recorded from the ground.

For this month’s video, we’re exploring how buildings, bridges, and more went green in celebration of the Philadelphia Eagles going to the Super Bowl and, of course, then their eventual win… Enjoy!

See the rest of the Streets Dept + WeFilmPhilly collaborative #PhillyMinute series here:
Part I, Rush Hour at City Hall
Part II, Comcast Technology Center and Philly’s Growing Skyline
Part III, Rolling Through Philly on the Market–Frankford Line El
Part IV, Sunrise at Graffiti Pier
Part V, The Miracle On South 13th Street

And if you’re interested in collaborating with WePhillyPhilly, reach out to them here.

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