A Funky Philly Pairing

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, but unfortunately, this Youtube video has been taken down, probably due to YT’s extra policing policy of copyright, which I can fully relate to and understand. Although this was a really well done video and regretfully it has been removed, they don’t want anyone using someone’s music or maybe even the artwork without explicit permission. Makes sense.

Afterall, artists (all kinds) have to make a living you know. I’ve left the link in case the creator works out another arrangement but I’ve removed the embedded video in the meantime. It could also be that maybe the author has closed his YouTube account. Here’s a little background summary and you may be able to find another video through these links.

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.”

Mother Earth mural by Jess X Snow for We the people mural project on Art Is Everywhere

Mother Earth mural by Jess X Snow for We the people mural project via Mural Arts.org

Some Philly muralists like Meg Saligman, who painted many of Philadelphia’s iconic murals, have brought their talents to other cities, like Chatanooga.

Chattanooga mural by Meg Saligman on Art Is Everywhere

Chattanooga mural by Meg Saligman via The Pulse

Meanwhile, some famous murals in Philadelphia are either being painted over or removed due to ongoing developement, like this Autumn mural by David Guinn. We first saw it at night.

Philly Autumn Mural on Art Is Everywhere

Autumn Mural via OCF Realty

And yet, other murals purposely celebrate and are incorporated into the architecture on which they are painted and some even create new visual streetscapes.

The Great Wave Mural on Art Is Everywhere

The Great Wave Mural via The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tree lined Philly street-scape mural on Art Is Everywhere

Tree lined streetscape mural via Liberty Voice

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.

The Sacred Now Faith and Family Mural by Cesar Viveros on Art Is Everywhere

The Sacred Now Faith and Family Mural by Cesar Viveros via The Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Vox explains Phillys Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Largest Paint By Number Project Gets a Papal Boost

During Pope Francis’ trip to the United States, he dropped by to sign his name to the largest paint by number project in Philadelphia.

The mural, Faith and Family in the 21st Century, was officially dedicated on November 30th. It is made up of 153  5 foot square panels painted at the World Meeting of Families on Sept 25. It is the largest 4,200 square feet mural painted by more than 2,700 people and Pope Francis added the final touch with his signature.

Largest Paint by number mural signed by Pope Francis_Mural on Art Is EverywhwereMost likely the mural will also gain fame as being entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.

 Meg Saligman’s impressive public artwork, Undoing Knots, was on display during the Pope’s visit at Basilica of St. Peter and Paul. It is composed of over 100,000 individual ribbons with handwritten personal struggles that are tied to the 13 feet high and 20 wooden framework that encircles the basilica dome.

Meg Saligman_undoing knots1_Art Is Everywhere

Meg Saligman photos via Omaha.com

Meg Saligman_undoing knots2_Art Is Everywhere Meg Saligman_undoing knots3_Art Is EverywhereMs. Saligman is most noted for her incredibly large, realistic public art murals in Philadelphia and across the country. We saw some of her work when we were in the city last taking a self-guided public mural tour on foot.

Philadelphia Muses by Meg Fish Saligman_Art Is Everywhere

Philadelphia Muses mural by Meg Fish Saligman

There are a couple other recent news items to update.

Regarding the controversial mural I wrote about in Jefferson County, Alabama, the committee was split on a decision for what to do. They agreed to hire a consultant to see if the murals could be removed safely. If not, they will have to come up with another solution. There are two more areas within the courtroom to paint updated murals showing progression with a more contemporary viewpoint.

With the December Christmas season starting to get into full swing, I thought this mural painted by Agostino Lacurci in Rome, Italy, reminded me of a certain jolly fella. Think so?