CAR CRASH ART INSTALLATION @ THE KIMMEL CENTER

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‘The Slow and Inevitable Death of American Muscle’, now at the Kimmel Center, is on loan from the West Collection. SEI and the Kimmel Center have collaborated on SEI Innovation Studio – a new performing arts venue that will house an ongoing initiative of revolving contemporary art.

Created by Jonathan Schipper, these muscle cars will eventually crash spectacularly in slow motion over the next 90 days. This “piece is the first of three public art installations SEI is providing on a temporary loan to the Kimmel Center to enliven its public spaces and attract audiences to its seasonal offerings and resident company programs.”

If you can’t get to the Kimmel to see it in person, you can continue to watch it happen in Real Time at the Kimmel Center’s Website.

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LEGENDARY: THE ROOTS MURAL

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You feeling the new Roots Mural? It’s the newest mural completed under The Mural Arts Program honoring our homegrown hip-hop trailblazers.

The mural is located at 512 S. Broad Street, on the side of the World Communications Charter School – just a little ways from the Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts where the Roots got their start.

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According the Mural Arts Program website “The Roots Mural Project will be the latest addition to the Albert M. Greenfield African American Iconic Images Collection, a curated collection of Mural Arts Program murals throughout the city that uniquely capture the rich African American experience in Philadelphia. The Collection, narrated by ?uestlove, provides in-depth, engaging information about the murals’ themes and surrounding communities.”

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Legendary: Design by Amber Design Collective featuring Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. 1st Photo by Steve Weinik

 

A Picture Walk Through Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

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There’s nothing quite like Isaiah Zagar’s (award-winning mosaic mural artist) mosaic playground… I popped over to the Magic Gardens for Garden Sips – a great night out to support PMA’s annual Street Festival ART/GAGE: Celebrate Philly Creativity.

As the sun started going down, and the Garden lit up, I took the opportunity to take some great shots. Enjoy… And if you’re in Philly, make sure you stop by and experience the Gardens for yourself. Maybe even treat yourself to a Mosaic Mural Workshop with Isaiah himself.

Philadelphia Magic Gardens / 1020 South Street / Philadelphia, PA
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Dead Drops Comes to Philly

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Berlin artist, Aram Bartholl started Dead Drops during his artist residency at EYEBEAM in New York during 2010. Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file-sharing network put into public spaces. A USB flash drive is embedded into a wall and made accessible to anyone.

The first 5 Dead Drops (clicking here will show you where in each of the locations) were done in NY – wonder if any are still out there?

87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)
Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)
235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)
Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)
540 West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)

But I’m super pysched, because according to @KelaniNichole, a dead drop just showed up in Philly across from Independence Hall in Old City.  There’s even an IPhone app so you can track Dead Drops in your own city.

We’ve put up a Dead Drops video on the front page of the site so you can see how Dead Drops are set up.

Pop Art your Valentine’s Day

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It’s almost that time – Valentine’s that is. Chances are you’re still looking for that special something. Here in Philly it could be tickets for the Love Train which takes you for a ride on our elevated train past the 50 love-themed rooftops murals.

Or, you could pop art your Valentine’s Day with some Robert Indiana inspired swag. Here are some of our favorite gifts inspired by the famous sculpture in Philadelphia’s Love Park. After all, art is a beautiful expression of our inward desires.

 

The Love Hook Urban Outfitters

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Jazz your macbook up with Love laptop stickers – Hu2

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Love Paperweight- Amazon

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The Robert Indiana Love Converse Collection

Only way you’re getting your hands on these puppies is to run straight to Ebay.

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Love Vintage Letters – Use Vintage Goods

Moderngirlblog got all modern and gothic creating this unique design piece with vintage industrial letters. I’m not saying you have to go all out – but come on…this would earn you serious brownie points.

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Love Mirror – Pussy Home Boutique

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The iconic LOVE graphic by Robert Indiana, translated in this needlepoint pillow made of soft woolen yarns stitched in red, black and ivory.

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Love Cookies - Whipped Bake Shop, Philly PA

 Zoe Lukas, an artist and baker living in Philadelphia, PA makes these made to order Love Cookies. You can contact her through her website, whippedbakeshop.com or at her terrific Etsy Shop.

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Last, but not least…

The iconic LOVE Print – MOMA Gift Shop

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