The South Street Garden, Zagar’s “opus” is located between 10th and 11th Streets at 1020 South Street. It takes up three lots.
It was begun in 1994 and is a work in progress.
Visiting on a Thursday, we almost had the gardens to ourselves. I would imagine it gets busier on weekends!
Gosh, people just have to see this!!! 🙂
It seems this photo of the staircase CAN be clicked on for a larger view, not sure how that came about????
So imagine, you are not only looking up, over and around, you are walking ON mosaics. The tiles and mirrors have all been buffed so no one gets hurt.
Birds like to nest in the nooks and crannies, we noticed a cat wandering as well
He experienced great relief in creating with no boundaries.
is also interesting to note that because he uses cement/mortar (often tinted beautiful colors) to stick things together, things can not be removed easily, so he has to be content with how it turns out.
Now visiting was awesome enough, but we had the distinct pleasure of meeting the artist, Mr Zagar himself. He autographed his book for us and drew two bottles, one with my initial “P” the other with my sweetie’s initial “J”, he joined them at the bottom and wrote “in cement”. I was too shy and blown away to have my picture taken with him, but I’m sure he would not have minded, such a delightful man! He was on his way to lunch.
I was star struck!
I do remember saying while spreading my arms wide, that it all ‘speaks’ (maybe I said “screams”, I was excited) of freedom! He smiled and nodded.
His lovely wife, Julia, has run the Eyes Gallery at 402 South Street for more than 30 years importing wonderful goods from Latin America. They have an amazing and varied Frida collection of stuff to buy along with a few of my other passions mermaids, India, Day of the Dead and more!
Oftentimes when clay pieces would arrive broken or damaged, Isaiah would rescue them and use them in his creations. Oh, you don’t want to miss a shopping stop there!If you have the time, highlighted words can be clicked on for more information. There is just too much to tell!
if you are ever in Philadelphia or anywhere close by, you simply must go to see it all for yourself.
Isaiah has murals all over Philadelphia, LOTS of them. As he has said for many years:
“Philadelphia is the Center of the Art World/ Art is the Center of the Real World.” ~Isaiah Zagar
If you’d like a mini ‘visit’ with the artist, here’s your chance.