Mercifully that’s about to change.
Coming soon, two artists will install a bright fantasy Philadelphia cityscape in mosaic along about 500 square feet of one of the bleak white tiled walls. The new artwork is a Mural Arts Program project to beautify the grim subway entrance, sponsored by Centre Square’s owner, REIT Management and Research/CommonWealth REIT.
Back in 2005, REIT Management made an effort to improve the subway entrance below their building, fixing its leaks, lights, and the stairs. But the space remained cavernous and uninviting, said Dave Campoli, REIT Management’s Vice President of the Northeast Central Region. “There’s not a lot we thought we could do,” he said. Still, REIT recognized that the entrance at the Clothespin
was really heavily used, but public investments were being focused at other entrances to the concourse. About two years ago, the idea for an artwork was born.
Under the Clothespin
is a collaborative effort of artists Emilie Ledieu
and Miriam Singer
. Their mosaic design is a re-imagined version of Philadelphia’s urban landscape, interpreting what draws people to and through Centre Square.