South Philly is truly “feelin’ the Bern.” Two street artists, Disto and Old Broads, are in the process of transforming the side of the building at 22nd and Catharine into a mural in honor of Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders.
Not a Bernie Sanders fan? Don’t worry, this mural won’t be here forever. The building this mural is being completed on will be developed as a project by the same owners who completed the Ultimo development across the street.
The mural is being completed this week, but the artists are seeking some assistance with funding. The property owners asked Conrad Benner of the Streets Dept. to find the artists for this project and also offered to cover the cost of supplies if the artists are unable to do so on their own. If you happen to be a Bernie Sanders supporter, you can donate to the mural fundraiser on Kickstarter here. As of Wednesday morning, $1,887 of the $5,000 goal has been raised.
The building’s owners, Glass Properties, have plans to upgrade this corner property in the future. According to a listing on MSC Retail, this would include 1,900 sq. ft. of commercial space, split between the basement, first floor and second floor of the building. This will likely be a restaurant space on the first floor and basement. The second floor commercial space has potential as a test kitchen, office space, or an additional level of the ground-floor restaurant.
What do you think of this mural and the future plans for this Graduate Hospital corner property?