Off The Wall

The Official Blog of Mural Arts

Posted 24 March 2014 by Steve Weinik

If You Could Hear These Walls

You may remember us asking you to choose 3 murals that you’d like to see set to music. Now, in partnership with the American Composers Forum, we’re putting out a call to local composers to write an original piece for each of the selected murals. Winning work will be performed at a series of community concerts at each mural site. Interested? Here are the murals:

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Posted 18 March 2014 by Todd Bressi

Join Us! Looking At Cities with Jenny Odell

What does an artist whose work consists primarily of collaging images that she culls from the Internet have to do with muralmaking, or community-based art practice?

A lot, as it turns out.

Jenny Odell, who is based in San Francisco, uses the virtual world as a lens for looking at the physical world.

We call her lecture “Looking at Cities” because her work offers a new approach to the basic but profound task of making observations about the world around us based on what we see.

Posted 11 March 2014 by Rachel Quimby

Transforming Lives: Robyn Buseman


Robyn Buseman (far left) poses with graduating members of the Guild Program in August 2012

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Posted 5 March 2014 by Steve Weinik

Viking Ship COMPLETE

Dennis Mcnett's Viking ship project was wrapped up at the end of last week. (For background on this project, click here.) I visited his temporary studio at the Asian Arts Initiative on Friday afternoon, just before he left town.

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Posted 3 March 2014 by Steve Weinik

Location Scouting

One of my favorite assignments as Mural Arts photographer is location scouting for upcoming projects. We've got something super-secret coming up along the Fishtown - Frankford corridor of the Market-Frankford el, (no, it's not Love Letter II) . Last week I took a trip with the artist, project manager and a partner from Hidden City Philadelphia to identify former and current industrial buildings visible on the corridor. Just for fun, here are some images that came out of the trip and that will be used to develop the project.