Photos of Philadelphia’s Magic Garden

Philidelphia's Magic Garden

Last Spring, I visited the Magic Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Magic Garden is a house and outdoor space that displays the work of Mosaic Artist Isaiah Zagar. According to the organization, much of the art is inspired by Zagar’s international travel and his time in the peace corps.

The Garden is located near the famous Philly Cheese steak stands, so its an easy visit. Its $5 for entrance and you can see everything in about 45 minutes. Most of the exhibit is outside so its worth waiting until a sunny day so you can get the full effect of the sun streaming through the recycled glass bottles.

From their website:


“Zagar started working on the Magic Gardens in 1994 in the vacant lot nearby his studio. He began by constructing a massive fence to protect the area from harm and then spent the next fourteen years excavating tunnels and grottos, sculpting multi-layered walls, and tiling and grouting the 3,000 square foot space. The installation pays tribute to Zagar’s many artistic influences, as well as the events and experiences of his life. Enveloped in visual anecdotes, the mosaiced walls refer to his wife Julia and sons Ezekiel and Jeremiah through playful images and words, but also reference important elements of the wider world — Las Pozas and Day of the Dead, the dance community of Philadelphia, and even the airplanes of the nationwide 9/11 tragedy.”

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6 Responses to Photos of Philadelphia’s Magic Garden

  1. Grant says:

    You mind if we use a photo and link back on Gadling?

  2. Traveling Hawk says:

    Inspiration seems to come from Barcelona (Gaudi0 and Vienna (Hundertwasser). A nice garden!

  3. Carolyn at Context Travel says:

    Zagar's work is fabulous and only a small fraction of the public art on display in Philadelphia. Did you know the city is only second to Paris in the world for public art collections? If you're ever back in Philly and want to learn more, let us know. We'd be delighted to have you as a guest on our Public Art walking seminar:

    http://www.contexttravel.com/city/Philadelphia/walking_tour_details/Philadelphia_Public_Art_from_William_Penn_to_Rocky_Balboa

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