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MuralArts Tour - Center City

Philadelphia is a world leader in public art. The Mural Arts Program grew out of an effort to reduce graffiti in the city by engaging the underachieving youth who were doing the graffiti and engaging them in more challenging projects. The program has been a major success and the city now has nearly 3000 murals, as well as many heart warming stories of participants who turned their lives in more fulfilling directions, in some cases avoiding incarceration, or worse.

We had a niece visiting from out of state, and one of these tours caught her attention, so off we went. Transport is one of those open, fake trolley sorts of buses; they depart from the Independence Mall Visitor Center on Saturdays. In some cases, the mural of interest was on the side opposite from where Ye Olde Photographer sat, so some are not photographed all that well, but perhaps enough interest will be sparked by this gallery to encourage viewers to take one of the tours.

Ye Olde Photographer's aging brain was not up to handling a camera and taking notes on all of these scenes, for which he apologizes. (You'll just have to take the tour yourself!) Our obviously well-prepared tour guide presented a lot of information, including names of the artists who designed the works, some of whom have very distinctive styles. A few shots of interesting scenes, architecture and details are sprinkled in among the mural shots.

Colonial Lass
Colonial Lass
Tour Trolley
Tour Trolley
Independence Mall
Independence Mall
Jim Donovan - Tour Guide
Jim Donovan - Tour Guide
Tree Walk
Tree Walk
Carriage
Carriage
Fountains - Franklin Square
Fountains - Franklin Square
6th & Race
6th & Race
Ben Franklin Bridge Plaza
Ben Franklin Bridge Plaza
The Painted Bride
The Painted Bride
Finnegan's Wake
Finnegan's Wake
Health Center
Health Center
Health Center
Health Center
City Skyline
City Skyline
A Carribean Garden
A Carribean Garden
School Office Building
School Office Building
School Office Building
School Office Building
Benjamin Franklin High School
Benjamin Franklin High School
Benjamin Franklin High School
Benjamin Franklin High School
Neat Brick Building
Neat Brick Building
Mens' Shelter
Mens' Shelter
"Dr. J"
"Dr. J"
Trade Union Council
Trade Union Council
Celebrating Girl Scouting
Celebrating Girl Scouting
"Lifelong Learning" - Donald Genstler
"Lifelong Learning" - Donald Genstler
Bikes on Parkway
Bikes on Parkway
Logan Square
Logan Square
Architectural Detail
Architectural Detail
Reaching Out
Reaching Out
Under Ben Franklin Parkway
Under Ben Franklin Parkway
Architectural Details
Architectural Details
Interesting Doorway
Interesting Doorway
Pine Street Window Boxes
Pine Street Window Boxes
River and Garden Scenes
River and Garden Scenes
The Royal Theater
The Royal Theater
Bob & Barbara's
Bob & Barbara's
Mosaic House Front
Mosaic House Front
Isaiah Zagar Studio
Isaiah Zagar Studio
Isaiah Zagar Mosaic
Isaiah Zagar Mosaic
Morris Animal Refuge
Morris Animal Refuge
Music School
Music School
Avenue of the Arts
Avenue of the Arts
Avenue of the Arts
Avenue of the Arts
A Building Sidewall
A Building Sidewall
Avenue of the Arts
Avenue of the Arts
Dirty Frank's
Dirty Frank's
Tree Mural
Tree Mural
Country Scene
Country Scene
Kimmel Center
Kimmel Center
Academy of Music
Academy of Music
On Locust Street
On Locust Street
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
PAFA
PAFA
Hahnemann University Hospital
Hahnemann University Hospital
Mural in Process
Mural in Process
Mural in Process - Grid
Mural in Process - Grid
Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
Energy Mural
Energy Mural
A History of Chinatown
A History of Chinatown
Chinatown Gate
Chinatown Gate
Mural of Progress
Mural of Progress
Parking Lot Mural
Parking Lot Mural
The Bourse
The Bourse
The Bourse - Staircase
The Bourse - Staircase
The Bourse - Food Court
The Bourse - Food Court