DRPA dedicates new murals inside 5th Street Tunnels

Kimberly Adams
November 03, 2018 - 3:32 pm
DRPA Mural 1

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- If you walk or drive thru the 5th Street tunnels in Philadelphia you'll see something new. The landscape just got a little prettier. 

"It's beautiful."

A woman from New York marveled Saturday as she took in one of two murals in the tunnels at 5th and Race Streets, beneath the Ben Franklin Bridge. One mural blankets the walls inside the pedestrian tunnel, while the second canvases the vehicular tunnel. The collaboration with the Delaware River Port Authority is designed to connect people to the past and present, says lead artist Melissa Mandel.

"I'm hoping that they see the rich history of the DRPA," Mandel said, "and also the amazing opportunities that we have in the world."

Mandel joined two other artists and a crowd of people enjoying the music from the West Powelton Steppers. Families took in face painting and got tours of both tunnels. 

"It references transportation, the history of transportation, movement," said Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia. "It's just really wonderful."

Artist Brad Carney hopes the work inspires and has words for upcoming artists

"Continue just being creative," Carney said, "and never give up."

DRPA Mural 2
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DRPA Mural 3
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DRPA Mural 4
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DRPA Mural 5
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