In tribute to the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Superbowl, I thought it would be nice to highlight the artistic side of this famous city with a funky Philly pairing of jazz and murals.
Jamison Maley, a high school Physics teacher at Haverford School in Philadelphia has created a wonderful compilation of his favorite murals set to his own funkadelic-jazz music with the help of his student Jake Mullin playing the drums.
I’ve enjoyed the murals in Philadelphia and seeing them paired with music gives a new found appreciation.
The murals are constantly expanding through the Mural Arts Philadelphia Program, which appropriately gives this city its characteristic name, “The City of Murals.”
Some Philly muralists like Meg Saligman, who painted many of Philadelphia’s iconic murals, have brought their talents to other cities, like Chatanooga.
And yet, other murals purposely celebrate and are incorporated into the architecture on which they are painted and some even create new visual streetscapes.
Whereas, other murals celebrate cultural events, as when Pope Francis visited. This Sacred Now: Faith & Family mural by Cesar Viveros was awaiting his arrival in an incomplete state. Philadelphia citizens participated in its painting during “paint days” on 153 panels that were later installed. This effort made the Guiness Book of World Records for the largest number of painting participants.
Murals will always be important in Philadelphia. There may even be one depicting the Superbowl win but until then, when they need repair, it’s best to get the artist to do it so we can continue to enjoy the artwork.
A great way to end this post is with Vox’s explanation of Philly’s murals. It’s also set to a jazzy musical rendition.