Philadelphia has no shortage of impressive public artworks and engaging street art scattered all over the city, and it’s fun to spend a day just wandering the different neighborhoods and checking it all out if you happen be visiting. Most notably, the city is also home to four large-scale public sculptures by legendary Pop artist Claes Oldenburg — more than any other city in the world. I happened to walk by one of those iconic Oldenburg works — a 51-foot high Paint Brush sculpture entitled Paint Torch, and its accompanying 6-foot Red Paint Blob located just below it on the sidewalk — when was in Philly on a recent weekend. Paint Torch was installed on the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) Lenfest Plaza on August 20th, 2011.
Paint Torch Can be Viewed Up Close at 118-128 N. Broad Street, just across the Street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Love Park (official name: JFK Plaza) is a plaza located in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The park is nicknamed Love Park for Robert Indiana’sLove sculpture which overlooks the plaza. The Love Park fountain is often dyed colors throughout the year to commemorate or celebrate events. Here is has been dyed Pink as the kickoff for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (annually in October).
Imagine, if you will, the third season of AMC’s The Killing as soundtracked by bands like Alphaville and A-ha. Imagine it! This mysterious, but highly engaging video for Metropolis America’s “A Stolen Heart in a Stolen Car” is short on dead teenage prostitutes and sullen, chain smoking detectives but manages to capture a kind of noir, what-the-hell-is-going-on vibe with its not inconsiderably complex storyline, while the music conjures favorable memories of “Take On Me” and “Forever Young.” So, all good. Find out more about Metropolis America at This Link. Enjoy!
I was so crazy about Kurt Vile’s 2011 release, Smoke Ring For My Halo that I could not possibly be more excited to hear that he has a new CD coming out in 2013, entitled Wakin on a Pretty Daze. What makes this news even cooler is the announcment that the album cover art, seen as a street mural in the photo above, is by contemporary painter Steve “Stephen” Powers, whose fun and original work I was introduced to this past summer at an exhibit at Joshua Liner Gallery. This mural, which I am guessing depicts the names of songs found on the album, is located at the intersection of Front and Master Streets in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, where Vile is from. Produced by John Agnello, and described by Vile as being comparable to Fleetwood Mac’sTusk, but “No cheese, just rock,” Wakin on a Pretty Daze is due out in the spring.