09/08/2011 2:19 PM ET
Phillies, Mural Arts Program to unveil new mural design celebrating the history of the Philadelphia Phillies
Unveiling open to the public on Thursday, September 15
PHILADELPHIA - September 8, 2011 - The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Phillies are about to unveil plans for a massive new mural celebrating the history of Phillies baseball in Philadelphia. Towering nearly eight stories high, The Phillies Mural will be located in Center City, and will face the Schuylkill River and I-76 Schuylkill Expressway.
Mural design plans for the 3,750-square foot image will be revealed during a special press announcement open to the public on Thursday, September 15 at noon. The event will be located at the future site of The Phillies Mural at 200 South 24th Street, along the Schuylkill Banks at the base of the Walnut Street Bridge. Taking part in the unveiling will be Mayor Michael Nutter, Jane Golden, Executive Director, Mural Arts Program and David Montgomery, President, The Phillies, as well as the Phillie Phanatic, Phillies Ballgirls and other special guests. Scott Palmer, Phillies Director of Public Affairs, will emcee the event.
Also in attendance will be David McShane, the award-winning artist for the Mural Arts Program who designed The Phillies Mural. McShane's impressive history includes the creation of over 75 murals throughout Philadelphia, and includes baseball-themed murals Tribute to Jackie Robinson in North Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Stars: A Tribute to Negro League Baseball in West Philadelphia.
More information on the unveiling of the new mural design is available at www.phillies.com/mural or www.muralarts.org.
"The Phillies Mural is sure to become one of the most popular murals in the city," said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "There is nothing we enjoy more in Philadelphia than our sports teams, and this mural will share our love for the Phillies with everyone who visits. I would like to thank the Mural Arts Program and the Phillies for coming together to create this new attraction."
Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Mural Arts Program said, "With over 3,500 murals to date that the Mural Arts Program has created, there are few that will stir the passion of such a wide variety of Philadelphians. Hopefully this project will turn sports fans into art fans as David McShane brings the history of Philadelphia's baseball to life in Center City."
"We are honored that the Mural Arts Program and David McShane will dedicate a mural to the game of baseball, the Phillies and the many legends who have played for us in our great city," said Phillies President David Montgomery. "This mural will serve as a lasting tribute to our passionate and supportive fans."
The Mural Arts Program is the nation's largest mural program. Since 1984, the Mural Arts Program has created over 3,500 murals and works of public art, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the "City of Murals." The Mural Arts Program engages over 100 communities each year in the transformation of neighborhoods through the mural-making process, while award-winning, free art education programs serve nearly 1,500 youth at sites throughout the city and at-risk teens through education outreach programs. The Mural Arts Program also serves adult offenders in local prisons and rehabilitation centers, using the restorative power of art to break the cycle of crime and violence in our communities. Each year, nearly 10,000 residents and visitors tour the Mural Arts Program's outdoor art gallery, which has become part of Philadelphia's civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration. For further information, call (215) 685-0750 or visit www.muralarts.org.