New art installation planned to cover blighted SEPTA substation

The East Passyunk Crossing Civic has settled on a design for an art installation that will be mounted on the crumbling SEPTA substation at 13th and Mifflin streets. Now they need your help.

But first, check it out.

The proposal

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.

EPX was awarded a $10,000 grant to commission the design, which was created by neighborhood resident Donna Backues and depicts how people have moved to and through South Philly over the years. Each fabric mesh panel corresponds to a window along the Mifflin Street side of the building and represents people in “East Passyunk – Crossing Through The Ages,” from the 17th century and before on the left up through the 21st century on the right.

And the unfortunate current. There’s another larger window out of this picture

Even more interesting, this is the first of what are planned to be several art projects for the substation, “including a mosaic band to cover damaged terra cotta, planters to green the area, and benches to welcome passersby.” Neat.

Civic co-chair Darren Fava says the civic is “in the process of scheduling meetings with SEPTA and Mural Arts to move the project forward.”

And to move it forward, they could use your help. To donate to this project, click the donate button below, which will direct you to the campaign’s Paypal page.

Also, spread the word to your neighbors so we can make it happen. That substation has uglied up the hood for too long.

One thought on “New art installation planned to cover blighted SEPTA substation

  • January 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I am so glad they’re at least doing something with that building. There always seems to be a ridiculous amount of trash on that block.

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