Once the province of sculptors who carved statues from huge blocks of stone, public art has evolved into an essential element of urban placemaking and social engagement.
There are thousands that are part of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program, an ambitious project growing the genre of public art.
“Public art works on many fronts at the same time,” says Jane Golden, executive director of the Mural Arts Program. “It provides the environment with beauty, and is also a way of lifting up and transforming corridors. It can be a catalyst for community and economic development. Public art is often an emblem of a community or location, of the myriad voices that make up a city.
Via Lauren Moss