Vhils Creates New Mural in Philadelphia with the Mural Arts Program

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Photo by Steve Weiknik

Last week, Portugese street artist Vhils (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 23) created a mural for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Founded as an anti-graffiti organization in the ’80s, the Mural Arts Program quickly changed its tune and embraced the city’s graffiti artists as a unique creative force. Today, the organization allows the city’s youth to participate in mural-making and art education classes. Students of the Mural Arts Program were invited to speak with Vhils and watch him work as he created a mural-scale collage. Vhils covered the wall with antique photographs followed by a layer of white paper and then chipped away at the surface to reveal glimpses of the photos. Take a look at some photos of the mural in progress courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Photo by RJ Rushmore

Photo by Steve Weiknik

Photo by Steve Weiknik

Photo by Steve Weiknik

Students of the Mural Arts Program’s Art Education Program, photo by Steve Weinik

Students of the Mural Arts Program watching Vhils work, photo by Steve Weiknik

Photo by Steve Weiknik

Photo by Lisa Murch

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