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Mural Arts Program

Creators of more than 3,600 city murals since 1984

Love Letter (one of 50 in a series)

Love Letter (one of 50 in a series) Market Street, West Philadelphia. Completed 2009. Credit: Adam Wallacavage for the Mural Arts Program © City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program


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In Philadelphia, every wall is a potential blank canvas, and stunning murals adorn building exteriors all over the city.

Begun in 1984 to help eradicate graffiti, the Mural Arts Program enables professional artists and young Philadelphians to showcase their artistic talent in a constructive way. To date, the program has produced more than 3,600 murals.

Interested visitors can view several of these works on a variety walking and trolley tours. Most tours depart from the Mural Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts location.

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Love Letter

The Mural Arts Program unveiled Love Letter, a public art project consisting of 50 rooftop murals from 45th to 63rd Street along the Market Street corridor…and you can tour them.

Tours depart from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Board Street. The murals are best viewed via the Market-Frankford elevated transit line, and “collectively express a love letter from a guy to a girl, from an artist to his hometown, and from local residents to their West Philadelphia neighborhood.”

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