Philly’s Murals: A Calm Before the Storm

We were in Philadelphia a few weeks ago just before Hurricane Sandy hit. Thankfully, the city was spared the devastation inflicted upon other East Coast areas.

Anyway, this is our third visit to Philly. I’m growing to appreciate this city and each time I find new murals, which I just love. With more than 3000 created by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, I obviously have many more to see.

Here’s what I shot this time.

Philadelphia Mural,

Secret Book

This beautiful mural is by Josh Sarantitus and is located at 312 N. 19th Street.

Philadelphia Mural,

Finnigans Wake Irish Pub Mural

A bold advertising statement—Finnigans Wake is on the corner of Spring Garden and N 3rd Streets. This looks like a place I’d like to try.

Philadelphia Mural,

Recovery and Transformation

For this mural, artist Eric Okdeh worked with people struggling with behavioral health issues and formulated a design based on poetry. I like how it wraps around the corner of the Elwyn Institute building, which is located at 4040 Market Street.

Philadelphia Mural,

How To Turn Everything Into Something Else

Parking signs and all, there’s just so much to this mural. In 2011, the group The Miss Rockaway Armada joined together with 10-15 years olds to show that not everything has to end the way it begins. As project artists Aly Perry says, obstacles can be viewed as opportunities. So true!

Isn’t the girl with the flashlight eyes in the upper right corner just the greatest!

This mural is located at 207 N. Broad St.

Philadelphia Mural,

So, wouldn’t it be nice if I’d get out of the car to take my pictures? We’ll be going back in spring…I’ll catch some better shots then!


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