Philly, Meet Ibrahim

 

Ibrahim, a native Pakistani making his living in Philadelphia, is the subject of JR's latest installment, "“Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora -- Philadelphia." | Photo: Conrad Benner, for Streets Dept

Ibrahim, a native Pakistani making his living in Philadelphia, is the subject of JR’s latest installment, ““Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora — Philadelphia.” | Photo: Conrad Benner, for Streets Dept

  • On the south side of the Graham Building at 15th & Chestnut, a twenty-story tall portrait of a Pakistani immigrant named Ibrahim is being installed by French photographer JR. The piece, “Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora — Philadelphia,” is the second of fourteen planned by the Mural Arts Program for its “Open Source” exhibit, a series of temporary public art displays, all with themes of social engagement. Check out the Street Dept blog’s rooftop views of the massive wheat paste’s installation.
  • In Pope visit news, PlanPhilly’s Jon Geeting relates a little secret or two gleaned from yesterday’s Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission board meeting, where event consultant Michael Pitts provided a refreshingly forthright update to the September event’s security plan. The Benjamin Franklin will in fact be closed to vehicular traffic, save for the fleet of buses that is planned to transport visitors from Camden. Yet, even more disconcerting for Philadelphians, the extent of the Pope Fence, officially now on record as from river to river, South to Girard, will most likely be expanded.
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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.

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