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Philadelphia Zoo Provides the Canvas For City’s Next Mural Arts Project

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(A detail of the mural that will be installed on the façade of the Philadelphia Zoo's new parking garage.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

(A detail of the mural that will be installed on the façade of the Philadelphia Zoo’s new parking garage. Photo by Paul Kurtz)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s “Mural Arts Program” is working on its latest project, which will go up at the Philadelphia Zoo this spring.

Mural Arts executive director Jane Golden says the plan is turn a benign wall of a parking garage into an 8,000-square-foot work of art.

Golden says the mural will grace the southeast façade of a three-level parking garage with a fancy name being built at 35th and Girard: “the zoo’s brand new Intermodal Transportation Center which, when completed, will be a stunning gateway to Philadelphia, the Centennial District, and of course the zoo.”

Lead artist Eurhi Jones (below) says the project will feature plenty of animals, naturally.

“I selected plenty of animals from the zoo’s inhabitants and put them in motion,” she said today.  “And they move in groups along these pathways which follow the ramps.”

(Lead artist Euhri Jones, in green sweater, supervises painting of the mural.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

(Lead artist Eurhi Jones, in green sweater, supervises painting of the mural. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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The project will be completed in April.

Meanwhile, painting continues indoors at the Mural Arts Program’s space in the Gallery shopping mall, in center city.  The public is welcome to take part on Saturday — anyone interested is asked to pre-register by calling 215-685-0753.

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