Celebration of soon-to-be completed eight-story mural depicting team greats & history takes place during Phillies Toyota Alumni Weekend festivities
It's phinally here! After years of careful planning and meticulous work, The Phillies and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program are excited to announce the public dedication of The Phillies Mural on Saturday, August 1, at 11:30 am on the Walnut Street Bridge between 24th Street and Schuylkill Avenue.
The free event will be part of the Phillies Toyota Alumni Weekend fan festivities and feature members of the Philadelphia Phillies organization, including current players and alumni, the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies Ballgirls, Mural Arts leadership, city officials and other VIPs.
The eight-story Phillies Mural includes players, ballparks, and events from the Phillies' history. It highlights the team's two World Series victories (1980 and 2008), and also features 30 prominent players, hall-of-famers, playoff runs, perfect games, the Phillie Phanatic, fans, and more.
Installation of The Phillies Mural has started and will continue until the public dedication on August 1.
The Phillies Mural was created by award-winning Mural Arts artist and lifetime Phillies fan, David McShane, who also created the baseball-themed murals Tribute to Jackie Robinson in North Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Stars: A Tribute to Negro League Baseball in West Philadelphia.
"I am so excited that The Phillies Mural is in its final stage of completion, and can't wait to join fans on August 1 for the big dedication," said David McShane. "Players, Phillies fans, and the entire Philadelphia community all played a huge part in painting the 3,750 square-foot mural and I look forward to celebrating with the many individuals who contributed to this historic project."
Jane Golden, Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program said, "With over 3,600 murals to date that Mural Arts has created, there are few that stir the passion of such a wide variety of Philadelphians. We look forward to bringing Phillies fans and mural fans together on August 1 to celebrate this wonderful project."
"We are honored that the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and David McShane will dedicate a mural to the game of baseball, the Phillies and the many legends who have played for us in our great city," said Phillies Senior Vice President Dave Buck. "Featuring some of the greatest moments in Phillies history, this mural will serve as a lasting tribute to our fans."
ABOUT THE PHILLIES MURAL
In September 2011, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Phillies unveiled the design of a brand new Center City mural celebrating the history of the Philadelphia Phillies - the oldest, continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional sports. The Phillies Mural towers eight stories high and faces the Schuylkill River and I-76 Schuylkill Expressway. Located at 24th & Walnut Streets, the 3,750 square-foot mural features 30 prominent players depicting historical moments from the team's history - including the 1980 and 2008 World Series championships.
Players and images featured in The Phillies Mural are (listed in order of appearance, from top left to right): Brad Lidge, Charlie Manuel, Mitch Williams, Cole Hamels, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Larry Bowa, Darren Daulton, Dallas Green, Tug McGraw, Ed Delahanty, Mike Schmidt, Ryan Howard, Chuck Klein, Tony Taylor, Dick Allen, Shibe Park, Jim Bunning, Veterans Stadium, Roy Halladay, Citizens Bank Park, Robin Roberts, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Steve Carlton, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Johnny Callison, Curt Simmons, Del Ennis, Greg Luzinski, Carlos Ruiz, and the Phillie Phanatic. Note: In the implementation of the final mural, the artist found room to add three more players to the initial design: Johnny Callison, Del Ennis, and Curt Simmons.
THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA MURAL ARTS PROGRAM
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the nation's largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50-100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Core Mural Arts programs such as Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults. Each year, 12,000 residents and visitors tour Mural Arts' outdoor art gallery, which has become part of the city's civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the "City of Murals." For further information, call 215-685-0750 or visit www.muralarts.org. Follow along on social media: @muralarts on Twitter and Instagram, phillymuralarts on YouTube, and MuralArtsPhiladelphia on Facebook.
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