Mural Arts RFQ: Mural For Two South Philadelphia elementary schools

Mural Arts RFQ: Mural For Two South Philadelphia elementary schools

This Deadline Expired: Friday, January 8, 2021

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the South of South Neighborhood (SOSNA) are seeking qualifications for a series of street murals near two South Philadelphia elementary schools.

The Project

This project will improve the safety of four intersections at two public elementary schools, Edwin Stanton and Chester Arthur (see images below). Specifically, it involves curb “bulb-outs”, highly visible painted pedestrian areas, and vertical delineators to protect the crosswalk areas at four key intersections. This will protect children crossing the street by making them more visible to oncoming traffic, reduce crossing distance, and slow drivers at intersections, making it safer to cross the street. These bulb-outs will also reduce the crossing distance and crossing time for all pedestrians. Simple, low-cost traffic calming projects such as these have a measurable impact on pedestrian safety. A street mural in each of these protected pedestrian areas will help draw greater awareness to pedestrians and contribute to neighborhood place-making. This crosswalk treatment and street mural will improve the safety for all modes of travel and for people of all sizes. Through the inclusive creative and educational process, we hope to make the community more aware of the importance of traffic safety. The goals of this initiative are to foster a safer and more pleasant pedestrian environment by creating safe pathways to schools, educate citizens about healthy streetscape design, and create city-wide awareness of innovative traffic-calming measures. We believe that meaningful and impactful street murals will help to achieve these goals. The project will include working with the Streets Department on this prototype project that, if successful, will be used as an example for all of Philadelphia.

Learn more and view the full RFQ here.

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and city streets. In work ranging from large scale sculptural installations, and living compilations, to miniature assemblage and mixed media works on paper, nature is my rubric and my compass. This is the way I make connections between human interests and the environment that surrounds us. 

Simultaneously, nature is my metaphor and material. Grafting together a variety of flat and dimensional elements is not uncommon in my practice.
In different ways, I'll incorporate earth, vines, flowers, roots, seeds, pigment, and wax into sculpture, and mixed media works on paper, more akin to assemblage. Nature and plants frequently act as metaphors for our human experience as they are passively or overtly layered or stitched amidst found imagery, maps, photographs, and words.
Susan Benarcik
Susan Benarcik

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I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences,…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and…

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Deborah Caiola
Deborah Caiola

By enabling the viewer to experience the emotional reality of the subjects Deborah Caiola paints, she attempts to challenge…

By enabling the viewer to experience the emotional reality of the subjects Deborah Caiola paints, she attempts to challenge assumptions and mainstream beliefs, and celebrate that which unites us as humans.…

By enabling the viewer to experience the emotional reality of the subjects Deborah Caiola paints, she attempts to challenge assumptions and mainstream beliefs, and celebrate that which unites us as humans.…

Christina Massey
Christina Massey
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Constance McBride
Constance McBride

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the…

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the desert made a transformative impact on her professional practice as a research-based…

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the desert made a transformative impact on her professional practice as a research-based visual artist.…

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Marilyn Holsing
Marilyn Holsing

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Marilyn Holsing was born and raised in northeastern Ohio and received her BFA in painting, drawing and graphics from the Ohio State University.…

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