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“a folk art wonderland”
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a non-profit organization, folk art environment, and gallery space on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To date, it is the largest work created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. The Magic Gardens spans three city lots, and includes indoor galleries and a large outdoor labyrinth. The mosaics are made up of everything from kitchen tiles to bike wheels, Latin-American art to china plates. The space is open for public view. Isaiah Zagar is an award-winning mosaic mural artist whose work can be found on over 100 public walls throughout the city of Philadelphia and around the world. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Brooklyn, Zagar received his B.F.A. in Painting and Graphics at the Pratt Institute of Art in New York City. When he was 19 years old, Zagar discovered the folk art installations of Clarence Schmidt in Woodstock, New York. Influenced by Schmidt, Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, Kurt Schwitters, Antonio Gaudi, Simon Rodia and Joseph Ferdinand Cheval, he was inspired to include the concepts of untrained artists as manifestations of fine art.
Great for the gram. Beautiful little spot for pictures and to explore for half hour although the timed entry is kind of dumb to me because once you enter, you can stay for as long as you want. I... Read more
Great hour through the Magic Gardens! They're pretty firm about timing -- they won't let you in before your stated ticket time. So if you end up like us, head to Whole Foods and get a cheap beer... Read more
Okay this was such a surprising treat! I want to be hip and sophisticated, but I'll be honest: sometimes I just don't get art. I have a short attention span, and it can sometimes just feel a... Read more
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
- Sun, Mon, Wed - Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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