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Things To Do in Philadelphia: Sensory Overload at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

June 27, 2015
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is what I would describe as a unique and bohemian find in the midst of a modern city. It is a non-profit organization and gallery space built by a local mosaic artist, Isaiah Zagar.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Zagar has devoted himself in beautifying the South Street of Philadelphia with his mosaic murals. He began working on Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in a vacant lot near his studio in 1994 by excavating tunnels and grottos, creating multi-layered walls and tiling the whole space. In 2002, the owner of the vacant lot decided to sell the land and with the support and help of Philadelphia community to preserve the works of art of Zagar, they have united to establish a non-profit organization to purchase and maintain its grounds.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is now a permanent art institution which is open to public throughout the year. It is a must-see destination in the city, it’s quite amazing if you think that you’ve seen the original art space of a modern-day renaissance artist.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

It was a magical place full of creativity, color and madness. The mosaics and art installations are made up of everyday things such as bicycle wheels, plates, broken bottles, tiles and ceramics. Things which one would normally consider as junk are what makes this place extremely special. I have not seen such beauty out of a trash until I visited this site.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

The whole visit was great and even though I am not really into art, it did pique my interest. It would’ve been better if the attendants at the entrance were are little bit more friendly. I found them quite rude specially when we were already on our way out. Nevertheless, it’s a must see if you ever find yourself in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Entrance fee is USD7 per person. There is a street parking available in the area, we paid USD3 for a 45-minute parking.

Click here for more photos of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

See more of our Philadelphia Visit:
Where To Eat in Philadelphia: Reading Terminal Market
Things To Do in Philadelphia: Take a Look at Life Inside Eastern State Penitentiary
Photo Blog: Philadelphia, You’re Absolutely Lovely!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Michele {Malaysian Meanders} August 31, 2015 at 19:46

    What an interesting place. I like that there’s so much going on in each photo and that junk is being transformed into art. I really had to look closely to see the little details, like the words on the tiles.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 31, 2015 at 23:42

      Oh yes! That’s what I did for most of the time when I wasn’t taking photos. Looking at each and every part of it closely to see what kind of junk was used to create it. :p

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