In Thomas Paine Plaza, A Sampling Of Mass Incarceration

 

A bird's eye view of Sam Durant's piece, taken from the Municipal Services Building | Photo: Steve Weinik, for Mural Arts Program

A bird’s eye view of Sam Durant’s piece, taken from the Municipal Services Building | Photo: Steve Weinik, for Mural Arts Program

  • In Thomas Paine Plaza, in the shadow of City Hall, Los Angeles-based artist Sam Durant (and, fittingly, Frank Rizzo) invites the public to entertain, albeit fleetingly, the labyrinthine consternation of mass incarceration. NewsWorks tours the 50’ by 50’ chain-link fence maze, just one of the 22 works that comprise the Mural Arts Program’s Open Source, the citywide public art exhibition officially kicking off tonight in South Philly.
  • At a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday, Mayor Nutter, 1st District Councilman Mark Squilla, and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger cast their fishing lines off from the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s $1.8 million Pier 68, the third such pier-to-park conversion in six years, reports CBS Philly. “We’re taking down one more no trespassing sign and providing the public with access and greenspace,” said Nutter of the half-acre park.
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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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