With summer coming to a close and COVID19 still hanging around, it can be tough to try and find safe outdoor activities in Philly to soak up some rays before Halloween season rears its pumpkin head. But if there’s one thing Philly is most known for aside from the cheesesteak, it’s the arts. Let’s face it, the city is like one giant, public gallery, with murals adorning the sides of various buildings in almost every neighborhood. And right now, streets are less crowded and chaotic — making it the ideal time to take a personal mural tour and really stop to appreciate the sites.
We’ve compiled a list of some of Philly’s top Murals. See if one is near you and start your tour!
Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s X-Waves, located at the back entrance of 990 Spring Garden Street. This mural is interactive in the sense that you can literally stand on it! The design features an assortment of bright colors leading up to large glass panes — a beautiful spot ideal for a photograph with friends or even on your own!
MADC in North Philadelphia, located at 26th street and Girard avenue. This mural is MASSIVE. An abstract painting, this one’s a bit on the psychedelic side and features moody blues with splashes of vivid reds and oranges — some of the shapes even resemble flowers.
Dreams, Diaspora, Destiny in West Philly, located on 5300 Landsdowne Avenue. This mural is relatively new, having just been painted in 2019. Comic book lovers would appreciate the style of this one, as it pops with color and the style is reminiscent of Art Nouveau. It also has music to go along with it. If you download the MuralArtsAR app, you can find an original score that was designed as a companion piece.
Still Life in Brewerytown, located on 2828 W. Thompson Street. Don’t let the title fool you. This is a haunting painting adorned that mixes traditional art with graffiti. The subject matter tackles social injustice. If you happen to find this mural, see if you can spot the skull within it.
Migrating Home in South Philly, located on 1000 Dickinson Street. This mural is bursting with color and is a homage to the many cultures and communities that make South Philadelphia so unique.
Philly Special in South Philly, located on 1831 S. 2nd Street. If you want to relive the glory of the Eagle’s first Superbowl win, check out this mural. It’s a giant recreation of the winning play that scored us the trophy!
If you’re looking for your next neighborhood and not sure where to go, just ask your Philly Realtor, Christina Briglia, for help! 267.231.5484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.