The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association provided an update Thursday night on the slow but steady steps that have been made toward adding an art installation at the SEPTA substation at 13th and Mifflin streets.
The project, which we first told you about back in January 2013, will include five fabric mesh panels to cover the deteriorating windows on the Mifflin Street side. The images depict how people have moved to and through South Philly, from the 17th century to current times.
The substation was built in 1913 to provide power to the city’s trolleys and now provides backup power to the subway. As the EPX civic’s website puts it, “time and vandalism have taken their toll on the exterior.” Oh yeah.
The civic is hoping that a partnership with the Mural Arts Program and final approval from SEPTA will enable them to get the first phase of this project installed by June 30. Officials plan to meet with SEPTA again at the end of the month to green-light installation.
In a meeting last month, SEPTA approved the art design. The venture may include up to three phases. The first phase would involve installation of the four smaller scrims, the next phase would be the largest one, and the final phase could include installing benches.
A lack of funding and meeting SEPTA’s rigid insurance regulations have contributed to the delays. The EPX civic says it will require another $10,000 dollars to complete all three phases.
A co-chair explained the effort going forward as “crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s.”
Fingers crossed, too.
- Will Preddy