Love Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

… and hope to get there someday soon.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a folk art environment, gallery space, and nonprofit organization that showcases the work of mosaicist Isaiah Zagar.

Isaiah Zagar is an award-winning mosaic mural artist whose work can be found on over 100 public walls throughout the city of Philadelphia and around the world.

Zagar has devoted himself to beautifying the South Street neighborhood since the late 1960s, when he moved to the area with his wife Julia. The couple helped spur the revitalization of the area by purchasing and renovating derelict buildings, often adding colorful mosaics on both their private and public walls. The first such project was Julia’s still-thriving folk art store, the Eyes Gallery at 402 South Street and continues on for miles.

Back in the day, a few tile gypsies tried this on the streets of our historic little town of Jordan.

Interesting that the cracks in the sidewalks that were filled with treasures …  testing 5 different kinds of concrete … popped up like toast after one winter.  Hmm.

… and can you believe that people actually pried off the bits and pieces from the buildings with tools? Yep. True story.

But that doesn’t mean we should stop trying.

Art changes things.


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