Devoted Eyes on the Street readers know that I’ve been following along as artists Miriam Singer
and Emilie Ledieu
created Under the Clothespin
, a cheery mosaic mashup of Philadelphia's cityscape designed for Centre Square’s concourse.
Back in November, I wrote about the concept, public outreach, and design process
for the new Mural Arts project commissioned by REIT Management to beautify the subterranean space. In February, we took a sneak peek
behind the construction fence at the work in progress.
On Monday, the fence came down and Under the Clothespin
met the public.
So today, as you descend the stairs at Claes Oldenburg’s Clothespin,
look left and you'll see the mosaic cityscape unfold along the once-blank concourse walls.
The artists and their assistants spent months cutting more than 10,000 pieces of glass, each destined for specific locations on the nearly 450 square foot mosaic (no filler here), and winter was spent setting sections on the walls.
“This mural is a slowed down glass collage of our changing city,” said Miriam Singer at the ribbon cutting Monday. She noted that the landscape surrounding City Hall had shifted several times since the design work began. Will Kensington’s Harbison Dairy milk bottle or the catenaries on the Reading Viaduct live forever? Maybe not, but there they are in glass.