local color

by Kenny H November. 13, 2013 2899 views

I saw this display on the local news a while back, and on my way home this morning, I set out to find it, and see what it was all about, maybe take a few shots…

A little while back, Dutch painting team Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas, was brought to Philadelphia by Mural Arts director Jane Golden with funding from the city, state, local businesses and various nonprofits. She previous met them in Rio de Janiero, Brazil where they were doing the same type of work to transform the look of shanty towns there. The duo, known as Haas & Hahn, have been working together since 2005 and are known for using vibrant public art to transform urban landscapes.
The two of them along with 25 other local painters from Philadelphia helped to transform vacant dwellings and rundown city blocks to what you see above. At one intersection, preferably Germantown and Lehigh Aves, you can walk several blocks in any direction to see the painted storefronts, apartment buildings and factories.

(There were quite a few proprietors that refused to let their businesses be painted.)

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Kristinmartin 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow! So vibrant and intriguing!

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Snowpie 7 years, 5 months ago

awesome colours

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Howard. 7 years, 5 months ago

They certainly transformed those buildings into " eye candy".

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Don Baird 7 years, 5 months ago

Such vibrant colors. I sure like these a lot better than the murals I've seen in some other cities.

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Roxanne 7 years, 5 months ago

how wonderful. good captures of it all and really interesting!

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Bee 7 years, 5 months ago

What an eye-opening experience! Would certainly brighten up anyone's day to walk through this area!

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G B 7 years, 5 months ago

[i]Very[/i] bright, and vivid!

7 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marsha 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow....I think that walk would really wake a person up! Such an interesting story....and you've captured great images that really show off the area!

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Mikkal Noptek 7 years, 5 months ago

Great !!

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Jacki 7 years, 5 months ago

I love this project! Do you have an shots of an entire street? I'm very curious about the larger scale view where more of the setting shows. Is there a graffiti problem... it seems like it would be an irresistible 'canvas'.

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Marilyn Grimble 7 years, 5 months ago

This must raise some smiles! :-))

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Nancycola 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow! Amazing story...great shots! I love the colors in #2

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