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    • rittenhouse square goat

Today: One bronze goat statue at Rittenhouse Square. Come autumn: Two

Rittenhouse Square’s goat population is about to double. “Billy,” the small, cast-bronze beast that has been a fixture there for more than a century, is immensely popular among pint-size denizens of…

    • Rendering of 'Chorus Dawn' by Brent Wahl and Laynie Brown

Utility pole public art for Rail Park gets conceptual approval

Municipal meetings that feature poetry readings are rare, even at the Philadelphia Art Commission. But on Wednesday morning, at an unveiling of the percent for art installation proposed for the Rail…

    • A bus stop at 7th and Chestnut streets, with stained-glass at its eastern side. | Ashley Hahn

Artist Speaks Out On City Proposal To Scrap His Work

At January’s Art Commission meeting, the city attempted to deaccession the eleven stained-glass decorated bus shelters that line Chestnut Street in Center City. The proposition stirred up a storm of opposition…

    • Monument Lab, Spring 2015
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Public art in an age of urban renewal

On April 11, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present Praxis Dialogues, a conversation about what the notion of “public good” means in terms of public arts and culture. To set…

    • Claes Oldenburg's Clothespin, 1976
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Public art and its questions

On April 11, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present Praxis Dialogues, second in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice. This time…

    • Utility box

Why the Streets Department doesn't put utility boxes underground

One reaction people had to Monday's post on the artfully-decorated utility boxes in Washington Square West and Queen Village was that the dressed up boxes look nicer now, but why do…

    • Utility boxes

Center City's unsightly utility boxes are getting dressed up with public art

I had never noticed the ugly brown utility boxes generously distributed around Center City until I started hanging around Geoff Thompson of the This Old City blog last year, and ever…

    • Yarnbombing Frank Rizzo

July 21: Johnson's non-non-profit pulls in $10K | "Grave concern" over pop-up gardens | Exciting federal water loan program | Yarnbomber returns | Perfect utility bike competition

Good morning! Here's the Philly planning and political news we're reading this Monday morning. What are you seeing out there? Jason Grant reports that 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's fake non-profit…

    • Diamond facets point to the Art Museum's collonnade
Eyes on the Street

Fleeting Fantasy: The Oval returns, replacing asphalt with art and parking with place

With pluck and paint a parking lot can become a magic carpet, and an underused bit of parkland can become an attraction. That’s the idea behind The Oval, a now annual…

    • Rendering of the Destination Frankford Gallery, opening April 19, and the park next door, to be completed next year.

Using art, creativity - and free food and music - to make Frankford a destination

A vacant Frankford storefront will this weekend become a pop-up gallery. Its first exhibit - art created from trash and other discarded items - is metaphoric for the ongoing adaptive reuse…

    • Echelman's fountain at night. The mist, color coordinated with the transit lines, shows subway and trolley movement below. Photo courtesy of Center City District Philadelphia
Eyes on the Street

Janet Echelman sheds light on Dilworth Plaza "dry mist" fountain

If City Hall is the heart of the city - the pump through which the Broad and Market street arteries flow and through which Philadelphia is mobilized by transit connections -…

    • Spring 2014 | Rob Lybeck
Eyes on the Street

March 24: Open data frustration | Family Court art | Feibush cultivating committee people | Rental trends | Collapsing buildings, L&I triage | 27th/Girard mixed-use plans

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. Bundle up for the next few cold days, and think spring as snow blows through tomorrow. Why did the city’s open data chief quit? On…

    • Mural Arts' Market Frankford Line train wrap
Eyes on the Street

New mobile mural rolls on the Market Frankford Line

The Mural Arts Program and SEPTA took the concept of bringing art to the people to a new level today when they unveiled "We Are All Neurons," a student-designed mural wrapped…

    • Philadelphia's alleys

Plan to change Pearl Street from dark alley to community, cultural connector

The Asian Arts Initiative hopes to transform tiny Pearl Street from a foreboding alley to a lively linkage between the Callowhill and Chinatown neighborhoods. Based on community input and his own…

    • CHOPped UP, Photo by Phillytrax
    • Grays Ferry Crescent bicycle-shaped bike rack.
Eyes on the Street

Call for artist-designed bike racks

Philly already has a few artsy bike racks - the sculptural post outside of Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown, the bicycle-shaped racks at Grays Ferry Crescent, and the car-shaped bike corral on…

    • Cecil B. Moore Mosaic, Courtesy of SEPTA and Jonathan Mandell
Eyes on the Street

SEPTA re-dedicates Cecil B. Moore Station

SEPTA re-dedicated its Cecil B. Moore Station to its namesake Cecil B. Moore and his legacy Monday morning. At the ceremony, SEPTA unveiled a new mosaic honoring Moore and a plaque…

    • 51st and Baltimore
Eyes on the Street

March 11: Ravaged by Neglect | redevelopment in Tioga/Nicetown/Allegheny West | of skylines and streets | Fishtown's disappeared public art

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. It’s going to be about 60˚ today, so we hope you get out and about today to take in this spring-like day. And should…

    • Southeast by Southeast, mural at 7th and Emily streets by Shira Walinsky, December 2012.
Eyes on the Street

Southeast by Southeast: Public art meets refugee art therapy

Stand on the corner of 7th and Dudley streets, and you’re in South Philly. But step inside a storefront on the southeast corner, and you’re immersed in a colorful space that…

Eyes on the Street

Local artists lead tour of subway art installations

For works of public art, transit centers can be intense gathering spaces where, unlike some other public spaces, the art has both a captive audience and a dynamic venue. The vibrant…

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