It’s true. Out of all the 10,016 cities in the USA, Philadelphia has the most murals. Surprised?
In 1984, Philly implemented the Recreation’s Mural Arts Program — which is essentially a license graffiti artists have to legally “tag” buildings in the name of city beautification — Philadelphia houses over 3000+ massive murals, pumping out approximately 150 new murals each year.
But there’s more. Philly’s art scene is also rich with some of North America’s most unique exhibitions. Below, Weekendtrips renders our top four (less commercial) art galleries for you to visit.
If you’re looking for something more than an ordinary canvas, this innovative art gallery in Philadelphia captures a “revolutionary” exhibit; offering a rewards program to a voiceless body art community. The Gallery ML is one of only two body art galleries in the world — it’s kind of a big deal.
If you’re looking for art pieces similar to those found at Life, you’ll want to check out Slingluff Gallery on 11 W Girard Ave. Indeed, Slingluff Gallery won second best art gallery in Philadelphia; but, that shouldn’t stop you from visiting every first Saturday where they feature a new local, national, and international artist.
There’s a reason why the Philly Magic Gardens is a favorite amongst all art scenesters. It’s an artsy labyrinth enveloping anyone who visits with work created by famous Isaiah Zager. Better yet, the gallery is made out of re-purposed materials like: bike wheels, bottles, cans, stones, and Jesse Reno-eque typography sure to flip an epiphany on or two.
Located in the heart of Olde City Philadelphia seconds away from the Liberty Bell, ReMOD Gallery is a 5, 000 sq ft warehouse that collects and sells Mid-Century Modern, Danish and Hollywood Regency furniture, lighting, and accessories. Their motto outlines a set of witty commandments, such as: “more is more”; “everything looks better in zebra”; “our sofas will get you laid”; and “it’s hip to be square or round,” to just name a few.