This year, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and artist Phillip Adams embarked on a major project with a new way of conceptualizing our work and putting artists in the driver’s seat. The project is called Industrious Light, and it uses murals to celebrate Philadelphia’s industrial past and present.
After 30 years and 3,000+ murals, many people think that the Mural Arts Program is responsible for every mural in Philadelphia, but that’s not the case. Some of the city’s most iconic murals, like Keith Haring’s We The Youth and Richard Haas’ Chestnut Place predate Mural Arts. And there’s another mural, a lesser-known gem from the 1970s by two accomplished Philadelphia artists, which has remained hidden for nearly 40 years in Washington Square West.
Murals can be great for a lot of things: bringing communities together, inspiration, visually illustrating history, brightening up a wall, and so much more. But what if you simply want to find your car? As I discovered last month on a visit to Detroit, murals can do that, too. The results are spectacular.
This morning Jane Golden, our founder and Executive Director, appeared as a guest on CNBC's Squawk Box to explain how we leverage public and private dollars to accomplish great things in Philadelphia and beyond. Anchors Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin were amazed by all that we've accomplished, and dubbed the segment a "home run." We agree. In case you missed it, you can watch the segment above.