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Center City Philadelphia Mural Project Gets A Brooklyn Look

(Kenny Scharf's work, "Chunk Pack Philly 11," in center city Philadelphia.  Photo by Karin Phillips)

(Kenny Scharf’s work, “Chunk Pack Philly 11,” in center city Philadelphia. Photo by Karin Phillips)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A new mural hovering above center city Philadelphia launches a summer project involving visual artists from around the world.

The new, graffiti-inspired mural, on a wall above Graffiti Bar at 120 South 13th Street, is a contemporary scene of cartoonlike characters painted with bright, acrylic spray paint.

Brooklyn-based artist Kenny Scharf brought his work to midtown Philadelphia for the project.

“I was really thrilled to be able to do this right here in the center of the city, and it’s been really great,” he told KYW Newsradio.

Scharf is one of several international artists coming into Philadelphia over the next six weeks, working around the city and with students from the Mural Arts education program.

One student, Justice, says working with Scharf was a great experience.

“I never really got into grafitti at all before this experience, so him coming over and showing us this type of grafitti really inspired me,” Justice said.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060