Philadelphia is a land of oddities sometimes and if you know where to look, you can run into quite a few of them. If you meander through the streets of Philly you may come across murals on the walls, most will be painted, but some are an incredible mosaic of recycled goodies. These are all part of the Magic Gardens.
I had probably seen these murals for forever. I even had a photo shoot in front of one once. Eventually, I did a bit of research and discovered the home of these incredible artwork. The Philly Magic Garden is an art installation on South Street that was created by Isaiah Zagar. The entire site is filled with random pieces of what appears to be trash put together into a thing of beauty. Walking through it’s winding walkway you can find everything from statue pieces, bike wheels, bottles, tiles, mirrors, and other thingamabobs (yes, that’s a little mermaid reference). Every once in a while you may even come across a beautiful and inspirational quote. I’ve been a few times now and every time I discover something new, something that makes me think a little bit more about myself, the world, and art as a whole.
The Magic Gardens also has a place for artists to showcase, they hold events, and you can even have a wedding there (I watched someone taking engagement photos-LOVED). If you ever visit the Philly area, I definitely recommend making PMG part of your trip. It is one unique memory that will stay with you. Not to mention, you can only find this kind of magic in Philly.
1020 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
Closed on Tuesdays
$10 for adults
$8 for Students with ID, Military & Seniors
$5 for ages 6-12
FREE for children 5 and under