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South Philadelphia: The Electric Street Mural Brings Community Together

South Philadelphia: The Electric Street Mural Brings Community Together

In an alley on Percy Street, just a few blocks away from Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, a mural attracts events such as music video tapings, parties and even church revivals. The Electric Street Mural, combining lighting and paint, is a street art piece created by street artist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau. The […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: The Art of Removing Graffiti

Arts & Entertainment: The Art of Removing Graffiti

Artistic creation can be visually appealing to anyone. Street art is a way for people to share their work with a broad audience without the awkwardness of attending a cramped gallery showing. It is right in front of them whether they like it or not. Some street art is commissioned, other street art is illegal […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: MAP And Philly Writers Paint Their Own Paths

Arts & Entertainment: MAP And Philly Writers Paint Their Own Paths

In reaction to an increase in graffiti in the 1980s, the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network was created to eradicate the artwork from the city’s buildings, trains, bridges and anything else that graffiti artists – properly known as writers – could spray. Muralist Jane Golden was hired by PAGN to connect with writers and refocus their energies […]

 

West Kensington: Street Art Adds Vibrance to Neighborhood

West Kensington: Street Art Adds Vibrance to Neighborhood

“No sense caring about it,” said Richard Connon, owner of Richard’s Bike Shop on Kensington Avenue at Lehigh Avenue. “I can’t do nothin’ about it. It ain’t the first time, they do it a lot of times.” The 81-year-old has seen graffiti come and go around the West Kensington area. Currently, Connon’s shop is covered […]

 

Waterfront: Conrad Benner Explores Philly to Expose Art in Unexpected Spaces

Waterfront: Conrad Benner Explores Philly to Expose Art in Unexpected Spaces

Arms outstretched, Conrad Benner leaned out over the silver railing that separated the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk from the water below. Adjusting the frame of his camera to fit the distant Philadelphia skyline, the 29-year-old held, snapped and nodded. Part of Benner’s grind as founder and editor of street art blog StreetsDept.com is sharing his perspective […]

 By Shane Hoffman and Danielle Miess

Kensington: Artist Tries to Change Culture with Street Art

Kensington: Artist Tries to Change Culture with Street Art

From the rooftop deck of his Kensington home, J. Thaddeus Lutz sees the Center City skyline from a different perspective. For Lutz, living in an area of the city that is known for crime, the benefits of downtown seem distant. A student at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Lutz lives on the 500 block […]