Philadelphia For A Day / by Cinthia Contreras

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Magic Gardens

Philadelphia

A two hours bus ride and 20 dollars is all you need to go to this colorful and vibrant city, replete of murals that reminded me of the African heritage in the caribbean. Glass, mosaics, plastic bottles, plates, utensils, etc are some of the materials used to create these impressive walls, that will leave hallucinating every step of the away. The top and center of all this art is the Magic Gardens a nonprofit art museum and gallery space located in Isaiah Zagar’s visionary art environment at 1020 South Street.

Spanning half a block, the museum includes an immersive outdoor art installation and indoor galleries. Zagar created the space using nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The site is enveloped in visual anecdotes and personal narratives that refer to Zagar’s life, family, and community, as well as references from the wider world such as influential art history figures and other visionary artists and environments.

PMG has become a unique Philadelphia destination and hosts educational opportunities and diverse public programming to thousands of visitors each year.

Elfreth's Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia which is referred to as "Our nation's oldest residential street," dating to 1702. As of 2012, there are 32 houses on the street, which were built between 1728 and 1836. 

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Lunch Time

By a suggestion of a friend we headed to a restaurant called Le Parc, we didnt eat there but the surroundings are spectaculars, is like going to Paris minus the flight ticket!

We spent a lot of time walking around looking for places to shoot. From the Old City to the center and the feeling of every corner changes, it goes from artistic, to historical, to parisian, in a very small radius of distance, which made this trip very interesting and left me wanting to go back soon.