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.
Stumbled upon the language of flowers, sometimes called floriography. It was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages allowing people to express their feelings without saying a word.
Having a tough time envisioning a person standing in front of a garden, or floral counter, composing a secret message and even if they did, should you just assume that the person receiving the flowers knows each of their meanings? Sorry … just trailing off and taking the fun out of it.
However I can take credit for knowing what different color roses have to say …
• Red Rose – Love ; I love you
• White Rose – Eternal Love; innocence; heavenly; secrecy and silence
• Pink Rose – Perfect happiness; please believe me
• Yellow Rose – Friendship; jealousy; try to care
• Black Rose – Death
Then I started wondering what my garden was saying …