Isaiah Zagar

We had no idea upon visiting the South Street area of Philadelphia what an enormous treat we were in for. We expected to see some murals………wellllll……..

Words and pictures really cannot do it justice. It is something that must be seen and experienced.

The artist, Isaiah Zagar, is the true master who lives his art! He and his lovely wife, Julia, are both artists and urban pioneers who moved to a run down area of Philadelphia back in 1968.


We took almost 150 photographs and

still found it difficult to capture the brilliant texture, sparkle, interest, depth, charm and heart of it all.

Loving mixed media and always on the look out to rescue found objects, we felt SO ‘at home’ in Isaiah’s creations.

He uses lots of found objects in his artwork….broken tiles, mirrors, dishes, bottles, bicycle wheels, bits of this and that….Isaiah says he doesn’t know ‘why’ he makes the murals, just that he must!

My husband and I were blissfully wandering the South Street area on a glorious Spring day. We began at 4th Street, which is as far as our horse drawn carriage could take us.

Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, a lady taking in her recycling bin, we found out about THE MAGIC GARDEN.

She saw us snapping pictures left and right and just casually asked if we knew about it.

I’d like to give her a BIG hug. You’ll see why………….in my next post

“Each generation has its chance to modify a city to its needs and dreams. It’s called gentrification, but really it’s people re-thinking and re-dreaming a city.” ~Isaiah Zagar

7 responses to “Isaiah Zagar

  1. WOW, that is jus amazing!! I wish I could go there and see it all with detail… I¡ve seen mosaics here in my country and city, but none as particular as these! (using bottles and stuff).

    I loved what he said about his artwork. It’s just the way I feel about drawing or painting.


  2. I just perused the post and still feel blown away by his art.


  3. Wow- what magnificnet pictures!!! Keep ’em coming!!


  4. This is wonderful, thank you for sharing this! My ‘baby’ (nearly 21 years old AAAAAAAAGH) is currently living in ‘Philly’ (her term not mine) so I’ll have to see if she has seen these and, if so, why she didn’t share w/dear old mambo.


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  6. what a wonderful treat & definitely a gem for you to have dug up for us to see – thank you!


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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts means a lot to me and I appreciate your visit very much oxo

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