For the better part of the summer, Steve Powers has been painting A Love Letter For You on the roof tops that run along the Market-Frankford elevated subway line in West Philadelphia.
There are a whole bunch of murals I didn’t get to photograph, a few more in-progress, and all are well worth the trip to see in person. If you are going with a friend, keep in mind that two tokens are $2.90, but two rides cost four bucks. Also, you can switch directions at every above-ground station, but once you go underground, it gets tricky. If you bring a cute friend and end up at 40th St. wanting to go back out west, have her ask the token taker if you can switch directions.
The official site has better photos, shot by the venerable Adam Wallacavage and Zoe Strauss, but there is really no substitute for seeing this project in person. A full list of mural locations along with their titles and from which direction they are best viewed is also on the official site. Funding for this massive project came through a grant from the Pew Exhibitions Initiative and Mural Arts.
More images after the jump.
Unfinished. I really, really like this one.
Mark Surface and Shawn Carter, still working a week after the opening.
Left to right: The DJ, Mural Arts’ Jane Golden, Steve Powers and son, Mayor Michael Nutter.
And what is a good art opening without soft pretzels? In Philadelphia, you put mustard on them, but I still can’t get on board with that.