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.
About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

November 21, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

In his new book, "First Modern," historian George E. Thomas asserts that Frank Furness opened the door to Modernism in 1876 with his design of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Joe Brin walks us through the architectural brilliance of the nation's first art school with this review > more

After 45 Years, Brandywine Workshop Still Thinking Creatively

After 45 Years, Brandywine Workshop Still Thinking Creatively

November 20, 2017  |  Vantage

It looks quiet, but the old 19th century firehouse at 730 South Broad Street, home of Brandywine Workshop, is buzzing with art and adaptation. Contributor Karen Chernick takes us behind the blue-green doors. > more

Cret Exhibition Captures Vibrations Of The City

Cret Exhibition Captures Vibrations Of The City

November 17, 2017  |  Vantage

Illustrator Ben Leech enlivens the dying art of architectural drawing with his exhibition, "Cret Illustrated: Revisiting a Philadelphia Icon in Sketches," at Woodlands Cemetery. Michael Bixler has the preview > more

Task Force Inches Closer To Delivering

Task Force Inches Closer To Delivering “State Of Preservation” Report

November 16, 2017  |  News

Mayor Kenney's Historic Preservation Task Force convened today for their fourth official meeting. Starr Herr-Cardillo reports > more

Give $$$, Get a Cool Perk: 2017 Campaign

November 13, 2017  |  Uncategorized

  Now more than ever, independent journalism needs the support of readers like you. DONATE to the Hidden City Daily today and receive something nifty in return. > more

Long-Forgotten Furness Building Discovered in Logan

Long-Forgotten Furness Building Discovered in Logan

November 13, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow unearths a little-known Frank Furness design at the old Messiah Univeralist Home in North Philly > more