First Look at New Mural for Blighted Commuter Area

Installation is underway for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's massive public art project, Psychylustro. The colorful set of murals is being installed along the Northeast Corridor railway. The project is being led by Berlin-Based visual artist Katharina Grosse. Painting has been completed at three of seven sites between North Philadelphia and Amtrak's 30th Street Station. Installation at all seven sites will be completed by May 17.

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Bright streaks of orange paint along this abandoned warehouse will primarily be visible to passengers traveling between Philadelphia and New York on Amtrak, the Chestnut Hill West and Trenton lines on SEPTA Regional Rail, and the Atlantic City line on New Jersey Transit.
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Artists will paint over blighted buildings, such as the one pictured here.
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Katharina Grosse and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program worked together to select six local artists that will assist with installing one of the most innovative public-art displays the city has seen.
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Nearly 34,000 commuters pass through the Northeast Corridor area daily.
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Katharina Grosse and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program worked together to select six local artists that will assist with installing one of the most innovative public-art displays the city has seen.
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Artists used Benjamin Moore acrylic indoor paint to install these bright bursts of color along the Northeast Corridor. Grosse says she specifically chose to use indoor paint because it will naturally fade over time.
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The installation will include painted colors along vacant buildings, grounds, and even fences surrounding the largely dilapidated industrial area.
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This map shows the seven sites where the Psychylustro project is being installed.
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Katharina Grosse is known for her colorful, large-scale paintings and art exhibit installations, that have been featured in galleries in cities throughout the country, including Cincinnati, Ohio, New Orleans, La., and Chicago, Ill.
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