Chestnut Hill residents celebrate completion of new mural

A large crowd gathered around Bredenbeck’s Bakery in Chestnut Hill on Saturday to celebrate the completion of the neighborhood’s first-ever mural.

Residents joined Philadelphia Mural Arts officials at 8126 Germantown Ave. to take in the Wissahickon woods-inspired painting, the result of a four-year push spearheaded by Bredenbeck’s owner Karen Boyd-Rohde.

“I am just so happy that it came out the way it did,” said Boyd-Rohde after the dedication.

The mural, entitled “Wissahickon Crossing,” has the look of a watercolor painting and depicts a rushing creek with trees and other plants on either side. Veteran mural artist Anne Northrup, who is well-known for her landscapes, came up with the final concept with Boyd-Rhodes’ guidance.

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“We love this because of its reference to the Wissahickon,” Jane Golden, director of Mural Arts, said on Saturday.

Golden added that every mural in Philadelphia is important, saying, “We want beauty in our lives. We want meaning in our lives.”

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