While hanging out at the new pop-up garden at 9th and Wharton, you might notice how much the mural featuring the faces of some of South Philly’s music and film stars is crumbling.
The deteriorating mural across from Pat’s King of Steaks was originally set to be whitewashed this spring before the opening of the pop-up garden. Instead of seeing this vanish forever, a new South Philly location and funding is being sought out to relocate this mural in a timely manner.
Even if the mural wasn’t being whitewashed, it would still be covered up if the proposed four-story development project is built on this lot.
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Huge portraits of Rydell, Avalon, Checker, Fabian, Eddie Fisher, Martino, and the DJ Jerry Blavat are chipped and faded. The mural has been so damaged, presumably by roof leaks, that the city’s Mural Arts Program had planned to paint over it this spring – what it calls a retirement with “dignity.”
One reason for the decision: The painting’s future appears doomed by plans for the lot next door. The rise of a proposed four-story development would block the mural.
But just a few weeks ago the whitewashing plan was scrubbed and replaced with a mad dash to find money and a new wall somewhere else in South Philly.
To save and relocate this mural, a total of $70,000 or more will need to be raised.
Where would you like to see this mural relocated to?