PENN TREATY PARK
Beach Street at East Columbia Avenue (off Delaware Avenue)
Within this oasis
of greenery is a pylon marking the site of the Great Treaty elm tree,
depicted in Benjamin West’s 1771 painting Penn’s
Treaty with the [Lenni-Lenape] Indians. More than a century after the
legendary signing, Penn’s son, Thomas Penn, commissioned the oil-on-canvas
masterpiece. It hangs in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of
Fine Arts. Penn Treaty Park provides excellent views along the Delaware
MURAL ARTS PROGRAM
PHILADELPHIA DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION
Established in 1984
(initially as an anti-graffiti initiative), the Mural Arts Program
has created more than 2,000 painted walls. This extraordinary,
nationally recognized program emphasizes collaboration between the artist
and the community—resulting in bold, colorful compositions that
have altered the architectural landscape of the city and fostered civic
pride. In the words of director Jane Golden, the murals "serve to
provoke thought, to inspire dreams, to bear witness, and to remind people
that they are part of a larger world." In 1996, the program became
part of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. Murals locations near
Tour Stop 10 include:
2602 East Dauphin Street (at Almond Street)
Artist: Diane Keller. 1996.
titled Mountain Vista, the mural was created using a small garden
print from the 1920s as a model. At the neighbors’ request,
artist Diane Keller added the mountain. The wall of the building was
particularly crusty; Keller had to spray paint a base “underpainting” and
then layer color on top.
Sponsor: Philadelphia Green.
Frankford and East Susquehanna Avenues
THE MUSIC MURAL
Artist: Barbara Smolen. 1999.
Notes: This parcel was
one of the first to be “cleaned and greened” as part of the community-wide
program in Kensington and Fishtown to enhance vacant land. The mural
beautifies the party wall that once separated the extant row house
from the now-demolished end house. It was a collaboration between
the artist Barbara Smolen and a composer, Tina Davidson. Each conducted
a month-long workshop (mural making and music composition) with a
3rd-grade class at nearby Hackett Elementary School. The musical
notes of Davidson’s composition are incorporated into the mural.
The students helped paint the mural, sang the song at the dedication,
where they ate a cake frosted with a picture of the mural.Smolen
says ,“You can’t ‘see’ music,” so she
made the design an abstract, but she worked with the jagged outline
of the house and used colors found in the neighborhood. “Music
and art convey community,” Smolen observes.
Sponsor: The Philadelphia Foundation.
2144 East Arizona Street (at Trenton Street)
Artist: Diane Keller. 1999.
Notes: To create the design for this
mural, Diane Keller made a collage of pictures from various sources,
including an illustrated dictionary, used for making the undersea
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
Penn Treaty Park as
depicted in Benjamin West's painting, which hangs at the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts.
Mural artist Diane
Keller painting Italian Landscape.
Mural by Diane Keller.
by Barbara Smolen.
Tropical Landscape. Mural by Diane Keller.