Phila city mural to be broken up

    A 100 foot-long mural that attempts to represent the character of the entire city of Philadelphia will soon be dismantled.

    The mural currently on exhibit in the Gallery Mall will be broken in seven panels and hung in seven different places across the city.

    A 100 foot-long mural that attempts to represent the character of the entire city of Philadelphia will soon be dismantled. The mural currently on exhibit in the Gallery Mall will be broken in seven panels and hung in seven different places across the city.

    The locations have now been identified.

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    The complete mural will continue to hang in the Gallery Mall until spring at which time the parts will be permanently installed in selected schools and recreation centers that have requested them.

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

    Girard College will be getting the portion of the mural depicting Philadelphia industry. Vice President Franny Smith says it reflects the college founder, Steven Girard, who got rich as a shipping magnate.

    Smith: Industry is how he made his fortune – died as one of the wealthiest men in the U.S. his money has gone on to fund our school. That industrious nature is something we try to instill in our kids.

    Smith says the 30 foot high mural panel will be hung in the college laundry building. 6 of the 7 panels have been promised to locations, mostly in North Philadelphia. The seventh is still looking for a home.

    Click here to see our full coverage on this mural.

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