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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

"travel", artHeidi ShenkComment

Sometimes life gets so busy that you need a break from, well, life. With the end of a deluge of commitments to craft fairs, neighborhood events, and other such city living happenings that had been on our calendar for several months, we desperately needed a reprieve before diving back into the next lineup. We happily used a gift certificate that I had won and booked a free night at a Hilton in Philadelphia for Sunday night, drove the less than two hours north, and enjoyed two days of whatever we wanted to do.

On Sunday afternoon, we spent some time on South Street at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. This visionary art environment is a the work of many years by mosaic mural artist Isaiah Zagar. The entire museum has been turned into incredible art and expands into a courtyard and garden space. Every nook and cranny is filled with tile, glass, bottles, mirrors, bicycle frames and wheels, knick-knacks, and even a toilet. His works expand beyond the gardens and into the community where public murals can be found in alleys, wrapping around buildings, and even protruding from fences.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Taking in the mosaic murals and gardens was the perfect way to find some much needed inspiration and helped to clear my head from the hectic bustling of the months before. The Magic Gardens was one of several happy places for us in Philadelphia during our impromptu recharging weekend.

Have you ever visited Philadelphia or the Magic Gardens? Is your city home to a lot public art?

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