Saturday, July 27, 2013

Phily's Beguiling Magic Gardens: A Visual Feast!

We just took a tour of the Magic Gardens on South Street and we are still feeling light and happy and dazzled. We're high on the life-force and creative spirit of Isiah Zagar. In a word: Enthralling!

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG) is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar's unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The Magic Gardens site, Zagar's largest artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia's famous South Street. Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagar's hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The installation pays tribute to Zagar's artistic influences, along with community and personal experiences.

Open to visitors daily, PMG has become a unique Philadelphia destination, hosting year-round, low-cost public programs within its own distinctive venue and the surrounding community. PMG, a nonprofit organization, inspires creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art.

Here are some photos but we urge you to experience this unique, vibrant environment for yourself. You won't forget it!

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All photos copyright 2013 by Dan Cirucci.

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