This past weekend on Saturday, May 17, 2014 was the opening ride and reception for our latest installation, psychylustro. We had an astounding turn-out with 300 guests boarding Septa's Chestnut Hill West - Regional Rail train, to experience the work of contemporary artist, Katharina Grosse's, her largest creation to-date. The outpouring of love and support from Philadelphians truly captured the essence of why we work tirelessly to bring forth public art to inspire this great city.
As The Mural Arts Program highlights its focus beyond traditional mural-making into social practice we continue to be guided by a fundamental drive toward local participant as expert and coproduction.
Since May 1, Amtrak, SEPTA and NJ Transit passengers have been catching colorful glimpses of our newest public art installation with international contemporary artist, Katharina Grosse. Grosse is widely considered one of the most exciting and innovative abstract painters working today.
Artist Ben Volta is leading his assistants and the Restorative Justice Guild program through the final stages of creating a mural. Their work – titled Amplify – is being installed on the Union Transfer building at 11th and Spring Garden. Union Transfer is also the venue for our annual Wall Ball fundraiser later this month.
Written by Julius Ferraro and Shari Hersh
Last Saturday, with its cloudless sky and spring warmth, may have been the most perfect day of the year thus far, and we spent it outside. At the Conestoga Rec Center in West Philadelphia, Mural Arts’ Restored Spaces Initiative, the Trust for Public Land, and artists We the Weeds painted, snacked on cookies, and talked horticulture with community members.