Ex-graffiti artist Steve Powers is returning to Philadelphia to work on “Love Letter“, a 20-block mural project that is being installed with the help of local youth who are being taught sign design and mechanics by Steve. The piece was conceived as a “love letter spanning 50 walls and roof tops to be painted in West Philadelphia facing the Market-Frankford Elevated train. The letter is meant for one with meaning for all, and in a larger sense, will be for West Philly from West Philly.”
Even cooler, the project is a collaboration with the Mural Arts Program which is one of the largest civic art initiatives in the nation. The program has produced over 2,800 murals and educated over 20,000 underserved youth in Philadelphia. The founding executive director, Jane Golden, is a lecturer at Penn, and students of her class get to work on an actual mural in the city which is awesome except that the registrar hates me and I have failed twice already to get into the class.
Feel the LOVE in Philadelphia.
I have a feeling things won’t be the same anymore.
And from what I can hear and see from my room, Philadelphia feels the same way. From speaking to my parents and friends, it is clear that we are in the middle of something monumental.
Exaltation, relief, pride, joy…I don’t know enough words to characterize how I feel or explain why I am trembling.
Beyond the crime, the history, and the diversity, Philadelphia’s manholes are making it happen.