Philadelphia Street Art : The City of Murals

philly street artOne of the things I didn’t expect to find in Philadelphia was street art. Clearly I hadn’t done my research before our trip! It was a pleasant surprise bumping into giant colourful murals as we explored Philly by foot. We told you about the food we loved and today I want to share some of the street art that caught my eye in-between all the eating, drinking and stroller pushing we did. Philadelphia is home to one of the largest street art projects in the U.S and the Mural Arts Program (MAP) has brought their mandate of “art ignites change” into life by engaging communities through public art projects each year. They also maintains the city’s growing collection through restoration initiatives and while I’m not certain that all of the ones I spotted were commissioned by them, I’m assuming quite a few were. In the last 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces. How I didn’t know that Philadelphia is known as the “city of murals” is beyond me! I had to visit the city to learn and see that in person, clearly!


Here are 10 Philadelphia Street Art projects that caught my eye and Google Pixel lens! 


Common Threads, Broad & Spring Garden Streets. Created in 1998, this mural reflects the common threads that link us across cultures and across time.
The Atlas of Tomorrow: A Device for Philosophical Reflection.  Artist Candy Chang designed the I Ching into a public tool to help people examine their lives.
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Building The City by Michael Webb. Section of the mural representing various professions that helped build Philadelphia.

Eddie Lang: The Father of Jazz Guitar. Mural by Jared Bader at 7th and Fitzwater Streets in South Philadelphia
Controversial Italian Market mural of the former police commissioner and mayor Frank Rizzo – Ninth and Salter Street
A celebration of the first interracial marriage

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Philadelphia Muses – a contemporary interpretation of classic muses. Artist Meg Saligman created this in 1999 in her own apartment

There is a free self-guided walking tour that you can do if you’re looking to explore Mural mile in Philadelphia!

Click here to see where all we decided to eat at in Philadelphia with kids! 

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  • kristen visser
    November 30, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    oh wow! I have never been there to be able to see those murals in person ! my goodness are they ever stunning. such beautiful art work. That is pure talent

    • Yashy
      December 2, 2017 at 11:14 am

      I was shocked when I saw it! So beautiful!

  • Danielle
    December 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Wow, I’ve been hearing some amazing things about Philly lately! I didn’t know about their incredible street art! I have very few cities in the States on my list (because I’m from there and usually choose international adventures!) but Philly is definitely on it! Thanks for this post!

    • Yashy
      December 2, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Oh I can’t wait to hear your thoughts once you go back to your hometown! I did that with Sri Lanka last year and it was such an amazing journey!

  • Michelle
    December 1, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I love street art. The detail in these is so amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  • Melissa C.
    December 6, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    That Michael Webb mural is incredible! It has such depth to it. When we visited in the summer, we stayed a block away from the Eddie Lang mural and got to walk by it every day 🙂

    • Yashy
      December 6, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Any chance you know about the tree mural? I haven’t been able to find anything about that one!

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