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October 14, 2004

Encapsulating the History of Public Art

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Public art may be divided into two categories: permissional and non-permissional. Commissioned and approved murals and sculptures constitute the former. Graffiti and stenciled images make up the latter. For inspiration, Passing Through draws on both kinds of public art. All of the Passing Through murals contain text, just like non-permissional street art. But the text is not simply a tag. It comes from the many voices of the community, and the accompanying images refer to the traditional process of mural making. One of the Passing Through murals in particular, Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, is in a part of the city that is rich with both permissional and non-permissional wall art. The Passing Through team designed this mural with a nod to both. Above, you can see a detail from Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, located in North Philadelphia at the intersection of three streets.

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