The deteriorating musicians mural at 9th and Wharton is about to get a new home and an updated design. About a year ago fundraising efforts and the search for a location began for the mural of the likes of Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Jerry Blavat and others.
The preliminary design plans and location have now been unveiled. Broad and Tasker, behind Valley Green Bank, will be the new home of the mural.
The new design has been created by muralist Eric Okdeh. As you can see, the new mural will have a different style than the current one, which was created in 2004 by Peter Pagast.
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“It was an iconic work of art beloved by many, emblematic of the surrounding neighborhood’s rich cultural heritage,” Golden remarked at the conference. “People loved it. People came from all over the world to see it. Sadly, murals do not last forever, so we knew when it started to deteriorate that we needed to do something new. So, we’re revisiting this project in 2016 to give back to South Philadelphia and once again honor those performers with a mural that speaks to the joy their music has brought us over many decades.”
The mural is expected to be installed in September. The official unveiling will then be on October 15. The event will include a block party with live music, food and more to celebrate the legacy of these musicians.