The City of Murals

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Philadelphia may be known as the City of Brotherly Love, but it could also be called the City of Murals. With more than 3,500 murals painted on walls all around the city, you can see buildings and neighborhoods transformed with images of heroes, beautiful landscapes, or some of the city’s most famous celebrities. The Mural Arts Program, run by the city, was started in 1984 in hopes of discouraging young artists from graffiti and encouraging them to express themselves in a way that would benefit them and the community. The result is an ever growing collection of art for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia to enjoy!

Teenagers play basketball in front of an audience from the ‘Everyday Heroes’ mural at 4th & Shunk Streets in South Philadelphia

Before starting Say Hello To America, I ran a photoblog of Philadelphia called Picture Philly. It was a way for me to get to know my city better, and one of the things that I immediately fell in love with was the gigantic, colorful murals everywhere you looked. I would plan my own walking tours specifically to seek out new murals to photograph. While I have a vast collection documented, I still have thousands that I have yet to see.

The ‘East Passyunk Historical Street Scenes’ mural located at East Passyunk & Tasker

 

The ‘Secret Book’ mural located at 19th and Carlton Streets

 

A section of the ‘Mapping Courage: Honoring W.E.B. Dubois and Engine #11′ mural on the corner of 6th & South Streets

 

The ‘People’s Progression Toward Equality’ mural at 8th and Market Streets

Although it may sometimes be overshadowed by other cities, with the most murals in the United States, Philadelphia can truly lay claim to the title of the City of Murals. If you’re a fan of street art, then Philly is a must-see destination for you. With every turn, you’ll discover a new story just waiting to be told!

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Mural of former Mayor Frank Rizzo in the Italian Market

 

Mural at 13th & Sansom

 

The ‘Spring’ mural at 13th & Pine

 

The ‘Sounds of Philadelphia’ mural in South Philly

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