Mural Arts Reveals Skateable Art In Paine’s Park



The first two installed pieces of the Mural Arts Program latest exhibit, Open Source | Photo: Steve Weinik, for NewsWorks

  • The Mural Arts Program revealed yesterday the first two works of its Open Source project, says NewsWorks, a set of fifteen sculptures that it is rolling out to the streets of Philadelphia through October. At Paine’s Park, Jane Golden proudly introduced artist Jonathan Monk’s “Steps” and “Pyramid,” on which skaters are invited to grind upon. “I think we have an obligation to our program, to the city and to the field,” explains Golden, “to keep pushing it as far as we can. So some of our projects now are conceptual, some are installations, some are sculptural like this one.”
  • As the Philadelphia Historical Commission prepares to consider the worth of St. Laurentius, the old Polish Catholic church in Fishtown, Inga Saffron extols the basic necessity of maintaining such urban legacies in the face of a rowhouse boom and the “crude tax-abatement policy” that allows for it. Presumably disinterested, the process to determine a structure’s historical import as it stands grants too little influence to a community’s decades-old emotional relationship with it. “The city can’t be just houses,” says The Inquirer columnist.  “It needs the punctuation of civic monuments – churches, schools, libraries, and even old factories. Without those larger structures to break up the relentless grid, our blocks would be run-on sentences, without meaning.” For Hidden City Daily contributor Oscar Beisert’s take on the state of preservation in Philadelphia, click HERE.
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