UPDATE: According to E. Passyunk Crossing Civic Association president, Joe Marino, the design of the art installation panels in phase one of this project are exactly as originally proposed.
Back in January of 2013 we told you about the plans for an art installation for the SEPTA substation at 13th and Mifflin. After quite a bit of a delay, that art installation is finally being installed.
The art installation by Donna Backues was originally planned to be installed by June of 2014.
The installation includes five mesh panels that will cover the windows of the Mifflin St. side of the substation. The images in the installation show a progression of South Philly from the 17th century through today.
This is just the first phase of plans to make this substation less of an eyesore. Other plans for the substation include a mosaic band to cover the damaged terra cotta, planters to add greenery, and benches.
A lack of funding for the project is what caused the delay, so we’re happy to see this project finally being put into motion.