Philly Mural

July 29, 2008 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

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In keeping with the Philly-pride theme but taking a break from my skyline paintings, I have produced this.. I call it Love Good Dog. It’s a 4-piece painting, that all fits into one when you line them up correctly. I’d done one piece like this before, but was pumped to try it in my Philly theme.

It was for my friend, who lives and goes to school in Philly, but will be moving home when he graduates. As a little tribute to where he lived for 5 years, and something to remember the city by, he asked me to do this for him. I chose some Philly landmarks that represent the city, and some that reflect him.

The first one, City Hall, is pretty obvious in it’s special meaning to the city. It’s the epicenter of the Philadelphia. Built in 1871, it used to be the tallest building IN THE WORLD! That’s a pretty big deal, Philly. It was surpassed in 1984 by One Liberty Place. (That was only 23 years ago; can you imagine? Look at the skyline now!)
The second one, is Good Dog Bar, located on S. 15th street. In the heart of Center City, it’s a great, unique place to meet friends and catch a bite to eat. There’s great black and white photos all over the walls of local dogs with adorable (and sometimes gruesome – hey, dogs will be dogs) faces. My friend is a big fan of the bar, and wanted to incorporate it into the painting. I chose to do the outside of the bar because of their bright red, catchy sign that says “Come. Sit. Stay.”
Lucky number three is Citizen’s Bank Park, home to the ever heart-breaking Phillies. My friend is a huge baseball fan, and frequently attends games. While this is a huge Philly phixture (sorry, couldn’t help it..), it’s also personally special to my friend.

Fourth and final is the LOVE park statue. This is a personal favorite of mine.. I’ve gone as far as considering a LOVE tattoo.. but didn’t get it. I feel that this statue encompasses the meaning of the entire city into one. From Northern Libs, to South Street, to University City.. this is the City of Brotherly Love!
LOVE park was originally a skate park, but skating there was banned by former Mayor John Street, soon after the 2001-02 X games were held there. But fear not, skaters, there is a movement called the Paine’s Park Project (from Love, comes Paine) to get another skate park built in Philly (by the Art Museum).

*Find another shot of the final painting and close-ups of the individual paintings under “The Acha Gallery” tab up above this post!*

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