The Mural Arts Program, a Philadelphia treasure and the largest public art program in the United States has commissioned a mural celebrating the history of the oldest, one-name, one-city franchise in professional sports – the Philadelphia Phillies.
Award-winning Mural Arts Program artist David McShane designed the mural. McShane also created the Jackie Robinson tribute in North Philadelphia, and a tribute to the Negro Baseball League in West Philadelphia. Scheduled for completion next summer, the Phillies mural will make its home on the side of an eight-story building located at 24th and Walnut Streets and it will face the Schuylkill Expressway. The design immortalizes 30 prominent figures from the Phillies past and present, along with historical moments including the team’s two World Series Championships.
As a long time fan of the Mural Arts Program and the Phillies, this is exciting news. I’ve worked with the wonderful people at Mural Arts Program through a former employer who sponsored several of the inspiring works of art throughout the city, which provide a sense of pride each time I pass them. There’s no doubt that the new Phillies Mural will do the same, and thrill fans for years to come.