The Walls of Philadelphia

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The final part of our recent stateside trip took us to Philadelphia, second largest city on the American east coast, and famous for its historical role in US independence. 

The city is also well-known for its Mural Arts anti-graffiti programme. It was started in 1986 and since then more than 3,000 works of art have been produced. The size of these pieces is really impressive!

More than 300 artists a year are employed in Philadelphia to contribute to the programme. In addition, over 100 prosecuted graffiti vandals are hired and involved in the creation of murals around the city.

I do love a bit of street art, and this seems a very fine way for talented artists to showcase their skills and for the city to engage young people in a positive way.

We have a fair few murals in London, but nothing on this scale. Does anyone know of another city that's involved in this kind of project?

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