The Center City skyline is about to get a major league makeover.
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Phillies are joining forces on a brand new Center City mural celebrating the history of the Philadelphia Phillies - the oldest, continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional sports.
Set to be completed in 2013, The Phillies Mural will tower eight stories high and face the Schuylkill River and I-76 Schuylkill Expressway. Located on a 24th & Walnut Street building, the 3,750 square-foot mural will feature more than 30 prominent players depicting historical moments from the team's record-long history - including the 1980 and 2008 World Series championships.
The Phillies Mural is being created by award-winning Mural Arts Program artist and lifetime Phillies fan, David McShane, who also created baseball-themed murals Tribute to Jackie Robinson in North Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Stars: A Tribute to Negro League Baseball in West Philadelphia.
The final Community Paint Days for The Phillies Mural took place in early March at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. Players and fans alike took turns in lending their touch to the eight-story masterpiece.
The vote was too close to call - and the mural will be getting two more Phillies greats (catcher Carlos Ruiz and former left fielder Greg Luzinski) instead of one. Details »
View photo galleries as The Phillies Mural takes shape.
David McShane received a bachelor's degree in biology (with a concentration in pre-med) from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, but decided to enroll in art school instead of medical school.
He studied at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial and then at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (P.A.F.A.), where he received his M.F.A. in 1995. From 1991-1999 he served as the director of the P.A.F.A. School Gallery.
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