The Tropics moved into Queen Village

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I wish it could create a heat wave – although, perhaps a quick glance at the new mural in Weccacoe Park might give you the vapors and fool you into thinking it just got a little warmer.

The temperature illusion I’m referring to is a newly commissioned work by Philly artist, Calo located near Weccacoe Playground in Queen Village.

We can’t get enough of his work; each piece is a thoughtful reach back into places he remembers fondly, his memory playing out the seasons with exacting color.  Seriously, his aerosol shopping list for this past summer’s hahaxparadigm project had color descriptions: 1 light orange (like a desert), 1 yellow (don’t think sunrise, think sunset).

I texted Calo as soon as I saw the pictures for this mural hit Instagram.

“Someone just left an island in Queen Village…was that you?”

“So this is my 2nd winter in Philadelphia and I’m getting use to it, little by little.  In the winter, my mind and body ask for the big Monstera deliciosa leaves and vibrant color patterns from the markets in the tropics. I tried to feed the warm feelings with this mural”

Roger that.

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HAHA X PARADIGM BRINGS IN ARTISTS TO CREATE NEW MURALS IN QUEEN VILLAGE

Philly got three new art installations over Labor Day weekend.

My Dog Sighs, Calo Buscanigua and Kelly Kozma dropped some amazing work between 3rd and 5th on Bainbridge in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia.  The 3 artists beautifully rehabbed three neglected junction boxes as part of a community beautification project with HAHA x Paradigm in collaboration with the Queen Village Neighborhood Association.

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UK artist My Dog Sighs left his trademark haunting eyes and water droplets.

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Fun Fact: The lyrics to UB40’s song ‘One in Ten’ are painted around My Dog’s box as a thoughtful observation on the homeless that often sat on benches near his box in the evenings.

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My Dog Sighs paints a Philly skyline reflection.

Calo Buscanigua shared some cherished images from his hometown in El Salvador.

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These beautiful colors are a homage to the vibrancy of the shantytowns in El Salvador.

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Kelly Kozma showed her burgeoning love of street art with a cute quirky take on yarnbombing.

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