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The south view of the Philly skyline kinda sucks. The view from Camden is killer. From the banks from the Schuylkill, you can even get the Cira Center in the skyline view. The views from the North and South aren't that great, but the skyline still looks decent driving down I-95 into Center City. From the South, though? Yuck. The buildings look too far apart, Symphony House is the closest skyscraper and the PSFS Building looks like a black brick wall.Now the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, the PSFS Building is a gem of our city's skyline. The first U.S. skyscraper in the International style is probably the city's most acclaimed building. Unlike some of the other pieces of great architecture—say, Louis Kahn's Richards Medical Research Laboratories—this one isn't beloved by architecture nerds and hated by everyone else. The neon PSFS sign, a relic of a bank that no longer exists, is still an integral part of the skyline. People lost their minds when it was turned off for a few months in 1991.The south side of the building, though, is a wall of black brick. Windows only flank it. Could the black wall be a blank canvas?
There sure is a lot to complain about in this city. And we sure do like to complain about it. A lot. But one thing that you don't normally hear people venting about are the city's 3,000-plus murals, the public art works created by artists, students and ex-convicts as part of Jane Golden's 27-year old Mural Arts Program. But in recent days, the normally immune-from-criticism organization has seen its fair share of it.
I hate Jane Seymour.I also hate the double-dutching girls at 40th and Chestnut, the Philadelphia singers with a clock floating in the air near Pat’s Steaks, the eyes on Ben Franklin High School, Marc Vetri and his Tuscan landscape on Spruce Street, Dr. J in a suit instead of a 76ers uniform and, of course, the 20-foot Frank Rizzo lording over the Italian Market.
Over 10,000 Phillies fans voted two select Carlos Ruiz and Greg Luzinski as the final two Phils to be added to the massive mural planned for 24th and Walnut. The duo edged out Jim Thome, Johnny Callison, Del Ennis and John Kruk in the voting. The work is a part of the Mural Arts Program—which is the largest in the nation, *breathes on knuckles, rubs on chest*—and is set to be finished sometime this summer. [Phillies]
Music and arts class offered in Philly
Anyone want to major in The Roots? Black Thought and The Roots recently announced, along with the Mural Arts Program, plans for a building on South Street to don a mural in their honor. Today, the group officially released information detailing an arts education class that will be taught in the storefront on which the mural is to be created. The class will be called "Roots 101" and will feature a curriculum of musical history, music and arts integration, multimedia elements, and appearances from the Roots crew and their colleagues. [Metro]
MAP announces new project
The Mural Arts Program has announced an eight-month project that will culminate in the unveiling of a mural of Philly-based hip-hop group and Jimmy Fallon's house bad The Roots. The Roots are a Philly staple and are preparing for the release of yet another studio album set to drop on December 6th. [Philebrity]
Sentimentality can't trump redevelopment
Local media outlets this week have highlighted a fascinating preservation versus development case study in Bella Vista, where a proposed town home threatens to block neighborhood views of a well-liked local mural. The Inky headlined the piece: "Planned townhouse imperils Autumn mural." Far better if it had been called: "Sentimentality imperils redevelopment of vacant lot."