Philadelphia, PA Street Art
Whenever I’m in a new city I love to check out the street art. As much as I love to visit the art museums, street art has always been my favorite. As soon as I pulled up to my hotel for the weekend I knew that Philly was really into it’s art. The whole front of the Sonesta is a mural, it’s insane. Who would have thought that Philadelphia would have the largest public art program in the United States? Today, i’m giving you a small glimpse of the amazing art in Philadelphia complete with addresses! If you’re on the hunt for amazing art in Philly you need to use the Mural Arts Map, it shows you were all the best works are. You can bet i’ll be back to this amazing city to see as many works as I can. Be sure to save my map at the bottom of this post for your next trip to Philadelphia!
The Atlas of Tomorrow: A Device for Philosophical Reflection – 533 S. Juniper Street (right next to Big Gay Ice Cream!)
I happened to be walking down the street headed to the below destination when I happened upon this massive mural. Equipped with a giant wheel you’re supposed to think of a question and spin it. Find your answer among the 64 short stories and reflect. If you’re ever in town, give this a spin (mine landed on 20) and tweet me what you got!
World’s Largest Clothespin – The corner of Market and 15th Street
Because, why not? Right? This is a 45 foot sculpture of a clothespin. You can tell who’s a local and who is a tourist by who stops and stares at this giant sculpture. Who wouldn’t pause at a large steel sculpture right in front of the historic city hall? To say it stands out is a bit of an understatement. To be fair, I think it’s exceptionally cool.
Your Move – John F. Kennedy Blvd. between 15th and Broad Street
Also sitting right within view of City Hall are the sculptures entitled Your Move. Complete with game pieces from all of your favorite childhood games this site has become the ultimate park for skateboarders. Be mindful of the kids on wheels and take a safe lap around the perimeter instead of strolling straight through.
Philadelphia Utility Boxes – Washington Square West Neighborhood (use the link for exact addresses)
Come on, how cute is this guy? These artworks were created by the talented students at the University of the Arts. There are about 17 of them throughout the neighborhood and each one is vastly different from the last. These are a great site to see as you’re wandering in between seeing other murals as there is art all around this neighborhood. There are a whole lot of murals in this area (S. Broad street is also known as the Avenue of the Arts) so they are a nice fun extra when you’re walking in between destinations.
Sanctuary – 13th and Chancellor st.
This might be my favorite mural of them all. Something about the movement and all of the plant and animal life just makes you feel relaxed. Always be sure to look high and low for street art in Philly, it’s everywhere! Doesn’t this just make you happy to look at?
Theatre Of Life – 507 S. Broad Street
You need to get closer to really see how amazing this piece was but i’m featuring this far away shot because of everything around it. This is just a normal street, with normal buildings and even a Subway and bam stunning work of art. This is the ultimate definition of street art.
Magic Gardens – 1020 South Street
I may have saved the best for last as i’m a huge fan of mosaics. The Magic Gardens is a whole mini concrete jungle of amazing mosaics by Isaiah Zagar. Buy tickets in advance. I didn’t and didn’t want to wait hours to get in so I peered as much as I could through the cracks. If you don’t plan ahead like me make sure you at least walk by and grab a neighborhood mural map (or find it online) and take a stroll. I wandered for over and hour gazing at these beautiful mosaics.
Are you a fan of street art, if so, what about it do you love? What are some of your favorite cities for artwork? For me, Philly has taken the top spot which is pretty hard considering I fell head over heels with the art in Houston and Dallas.
Let me know the cities with the best street art in the comments below!
Save this map for your next trip to Philly!