1 May 2013
24th & Walnut Streets
Phillies fans are known to be passionate and have faithfully supported their team throughout its 128 year history. Their recent successes have ignited the region and the team has never been more popular or closely followed. In celebration of the city’s beloved team, Mural Arts is creating a mural that captures the passion of the fans and reflects how the Phillies have been tightly woven into the fabric of Philadelphia’s culture and spirit.
The mural will be designed and painted by muralist, and lifetime Phillies fan, David McShane. The design will include players, stadiums, and events from the Phillies’ record-long history as the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional sports. It will highlight the team’s two World Series victories in 1980 and 2008 and will feature hall-of-fame players, scenes from playoff runs, perfect games, and the Phillies mascot - the Phanatic.
The mural will be located along the Schuylkill River at 24th and Walnut Streets and will be visible to the thousands of pedestrians on the Walnut Street Bridge and the Schuylkill River Trail, as well as to motorists on the I-76 expressway who pass the location daily.
“The creation of a Phillies themed mural in such a fantastic Center City location will be a tremendous addition to the long list of spectacular murals that already exist throughout our great city,” said Michael Harris, Phillies Marketing Manager. “We have the best and most loyal fans in all of sports and look forward to their involvement throughout the creation and production of the final mural.”
The project will include numerous community opportunities for fans young and old to participate in painting the mural on parachute cloth, which will later be installed on the seven-story wall. The Phillies mural project will culminate with a dedication ceremony and festivities in August of 2012.
In the coming weeks, fans will have the chance to assist in the selection of an additional player to be featured in the design. To learn more about this voting process, log onto: phillies.com/mural