Mural meant to represent Philadelphia unveiled

    A mural that is meant to reflect the entire city of Philadelphia is now finished and will be unveiled Friday, Sept 24. The artists used suggestions gathered from a series of neighborhood brainstorming meetings.

    A mural that is meant to reflect the entire city of Philadelphia is now finished and will be unveiled Friday, Sept 24. The artists used suggestions gathered from a series of neighborhood brainstorming meetings.

    The completed mural is temporarily on display at the 30th Street train station.

    Kien Nguyen, Eric Okdeh & Michelle Ortiz
    Winning design by Kien Nguyen, Eric Okdeh & Michelle Ortiz (click to enlarge)

    The mural is a little too large for the station. At 105 feet long, it doesn’t hang flat, but curves around the corners of the train station’s north waiting room. And at 30 feet high, it drags on the floor. After two weeks, the cloth panels’ next stop will be the Center City’s Gallery shopping mall on Market Street.

    About 1000 people were involved in the project, under the coordination of the Mural Arts Program. Artist Eric Okdeh says it is designed to look complicated and dense.

    Okdeh: You have an image overall and you can see little details and stories – that warrants repeat viewings. We designed this with the Gallery in mind. People will be able to get up close and see the top.

    The mural panels, representing history, industry, neighborhoods, and activism, will ultimately be split into 7 parts and permanently affixed in seven different places around the city.

    Click here to see our full coverage on this mural.

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