This week marked the opening of The Oval, the new "park on the Parkway" at Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy have organized The Oval as a temporary and experimental public park, open now through August 18th. The Oval has live entertainment, food trucks and events planned every day until it closes.
The Portuguese street artist Vhils was in Philadelphia last week to visit with one of our art education classes and create a mural in Center City. Vhils is known for his portraits and cityscapes that involve either carving into walls or cutting away at layers of posters to reveal the faces of whatever city he is working in.
The murals that executive director Jane Golden saw in Los Angeles in the 1980s inspired her to start painting murals in Philadelphia, and now our murals are inspiring others to pick up a brush and paint their own communities. Khabar South Asia reports that Yuki Poudyal of the Sattya Media Arts Collective was inspired by the murals she saw in Philadelphia when starting Kolor Kathmandu, a new mural project that aims to paint 75 murals in Kathmandu.
Last week we got news that one of our murals, a portion of Miriam Singer’s Take Me To The River project, is due to be blocked from view by the development of a new building on the empty lot next to the mural. The empty lot at the corner of Girard and Marlborough in Fishtown is currently home to a rose garden maintained by the property owner and allows for a great view of Singer’s mural on the building next door.