At times like these, I am grateful that Philadelphia is an open-air art museum, its street art top notch and murals second to none. And yes, you will find some art world heavyweights in unexpected places, like this gem in Point Breeze, a humble corner of South Philadelphia, by Keith Haring!
This pop art icon and street art pioneer was at the peak of his fame when he collaborated with a local youth program to create and execute this grand mural in 1987. The video and article on the Mural Arts website will fill you in on the process, and how young painters filled in the outlines of Haring’s trademark figures. Haring was a generous, community-minded soul, and this work gives me a greater appreciation of him.
Restored in 2013 by a team of artists, this is a true treasure, buzzing with optimism and energy. It is the only intact collaborative mural of its kind, tucked away in an unexpected residential urban neighborhood. Pop into the fenced-in pocket garden and enjoy the color and movement of these figures. There are even picnic tables if you want to enjoy your cheesesteak in their company.
There are more murals to discover in the area, so check the Mural Arts maps to make the most of your time in the hood.