Mural Arts’ studio space at The Gallery at Market East was buzzing with productive energy on Saturday, October 15 as paint day participants gathered to help paint a new mural entitled Finding the Light Within.
Vibrant photographs of garden art, hot glass splashing into concrete molds, Brazilian hilltop favelas, and hand painted murals were flashed one by one onto the wall by the projector at Mural Arts’ recent Thought Experiment.
On Tuesday September 13th at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Anthropologie hosted a celebration with artist Tim Simmons to announce the launch of the Urban Land Project. The project, which is sponsored by Philadelphia-based Anthropologie, brings Simmons’ large-scale photography-based murals to Philadelphia’s public art sphere. Mural Arts helped identify key locations in the city’s Northern Liberties neighborhood for the placement of Simmons’ six murals.
Mural Arts continues to explore ways to engage communities, educate young people, and create accessible public art with the Restored Spaces Initiative. This ongoing effort targets commercial corridors, civic spaces, and schools that promote stewardship of the environment. Professional artists partner with Mural Corps art education students (ages 14-21) to develop final works of art using techniques like mural-making, greening, sculptural structures, and mosaic-work.
The Mural Arts Program’s Tours are a great way to get to know the murals, the city, and the Mural Arts Program. On September 15th, the Ale & Arts Trolley tour began at World Café Live. Part concert venue, part restaurant and bar, World Café Live served as a great place to relax and unwind before the trolley came. Since the tour did not begin until 6pm, there was time for tour participants to arrive at World Café Live after work hours and imbibe the Yard’s custom brew that came with the price of admission to the tour.