Peace Plaza is not the only South Philly mural site to receive a facelift this summer.
On July 17, plans were revealed for a new dragon mural at the southeast intersection of 12th Street and Washington Avenue. Philadelphia mosaic artist Michael Smash will be in charge of the project.
According to Jane Golden, founder and director of the Department of Recreation's Mural Arts Program, scaffolding for this mural could go up as soon as today.
The mural, which is expected to take about two months to complete, will be designed using mosaic patterns, regular paint and stained glass. Local merchants proposed the idea for the artwork and nearby residents approved.
The city's Department of Human Services will fund the project. Children from the Hawthorne Cultural Center, 12th and Carpenter streets, will work alongside youths who have been sentenced to perform community service.
"I'm hoping that it will turn the corner into a landmark and be an inspiration for all who pass," said Ariel Bierbaum, arts administrator of the Mural Arts Program.
--by Jared Byrd