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July 30, 2004

A Thousand Shades of Beige

jane_posterizedI had a chance to see Jane Golden today, director of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program. Jane famously talks about the early days of mural making, when all she had to work with was a thousand shades of beige. Now the paint is so rich it looks good enough to eat. Mural Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Passing Through will put up 20 satellite murals in honor of each year Mural Arts has made the city beautiful. Thanks, Jane.

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July 29, 2004

Paint Like Blood

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Rain is gone for now, so we are back on the Ledge Wall. Click on the smaller image and a larger picture will open in a new window.

Popular demand requires as many pix of Meg as possible. Here's one from today. She and Eleanor are working on the top section of the mural.

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When you are driving past the wall, you get the big picture. But up close, right on top of the wall, the process is much more abstract. Click on these small images to see them close up. The red paint is actually the same color wet and dry. The paint dries darker than it looks wet. We are using this red paint as a base coat beneath the image to create a glowing effect, in the same way that your blood makes your skin glow.


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Meanwhile, in North Philadelphia, Passing Through Fairhill is looking just beautiful. The kids are painting "Hear Us."

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July 28, 2004

Passing Gas

This Passing Through site is a miracle of word engineering, designed to run you right.
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Here's a closer look at some bons mots:

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****-a-Doodle-Doo

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Despite rainy conditions, work continues on our many satellite sites. ****-a-Doodle-Doo, in Kensington, is bold and lovely. Can't miss it from blocks away!

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July 27, 2004

Yet Another Satellite Site

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Just when you think you have a handle on this project, the crazy thing erupts again! Our own Father Elixir is at it again, making Philadelphia beautiful.

Check out these old gas pumps. Pass this.

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July 27, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rainy Day in P-Town

The mural renegades moved operations into the studio for a day of tracing and painting on the nonwoven cloth. I've got to tell you: this nonwoven cloth is a point of conversation with most people. I'll tell you what it's like. Ever feel the interface in a piece of clothing? Now mix that with a little Tyvek. It's several mils thicker than those two.

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It's a rainy day in Paint Town.

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July 26, 2004

Text Collection: Queen Village

The following is text collected today at our Queen Village satellite site. When you read it, you may know just where you are, but you will also see text that is always already in all of us.


My mind has been elsewhere. Real fine. Red peppers? I’ll get a few. That’s cool. He got hit by an ambulance. You love your chocolate.
Wish you could get some raw kelp. An old house in the middle. Something you don’t need to refrigerate. Like a chocolate chip muffin, or some crackers. I just want to get her something sweet and good. Everybody’s got their own kind of thing.
I’m obsessed with e-mail. It’s between tenth and eleventh and twelfth. OK. Maybe you should consider this. Remind me why you don’t want to go back. Those are good reasons. Can I write, please?
More seitan.
What’s the point of this one? These are for water. I assume there’s a way to carry it. Ten dollars. Let’s eat lunch and then we’ll look here. You have two hours. Bakery, pick up line one, bakery, line one. You wouldn’t use that. The gift revolution.
Everything raspberry is good. Your name is Roz, right? Yes, today is Monday. They went in about 10 minutes ago, so in 17 minutes they should be ready.
They’ve been looking for a roadie for about 4 months. It was kind of cool, so it was like September or October. I wonder if that was before or after.
I have a picture of him. I thought he looked at it. I’ll get you a beet. I’d be even more crazy, eating sugar. I’ve been eating more lately. I seem to be eating less. Last night I had cereal, I had popcorn, and I went right to bed after eating all those carbs. I can justify it. I conked out last night. I was falling asleep last night. Do you hear that beep at night? Driving me nuts. We should talk to them about it.
I just wouldn’t have to deal with it.
Other than the fact that you’re homeless.
Small, you said? Are you staying in your apartment? For now.
He totally sleeps through sounds. Oh, just sit where I tell you to sit. You laugh at that. Can I try a little bit of that? I got a couple of napkins. That’s good. You got forks for everybody.
I have an idea. I don’t like that behavior. My boyfriend had a friend that didn’t like me. Bible Bar. What is the right tea? I got here late.

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Go Go Go, Megamural, Go!

Meg Saligman inspects the site wearing her newly designed Passing Through painter's shirt. You see that the idea of Go Go Go and Ms. Saligman match up naturally just like chips and dip. Mmm-mm-mm. And just as tasty. A Big Gulp would be just the thing when you work up a chip 'n' dip thirst. Make that a Double Big Gulp.

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The ladder going from the bottom to the top of the site is slightly daunting the first time you approach. Here's our good friend and talented painter at the bottom, looking down from the top.

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There is a pretty large buffer on the ledge before you get to the actual road.

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July 26, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kensington Clue

Work on our Kensington satellite mural is speeding along. We thought you'd appreciate a few clues for your treasure hunt. It's at the intersection of three streets. One of the streets is a sparkling gem of clarity and commitment. Another street supports the longest trolley line in the city (but the trolley doesn't run by the site). And the third street? Times two. To assist you further, here's a picture taken in a nearby store.kensington_clue

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July 25, 2004

Stopping the Car

Driving on the Expressway yesterday, I had to figure out a way to pull over and take a picture of all the progress made on the Ledge Wall painting. The best view is from across the river, just west of the Girard Avenue train bridge, at an especially lyrical spot on the bike and jogging path.

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Click on this close-up for a larger picture.

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Here's the design as a reference. It's also clickable.

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