14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words

A mile of color in 14 movements on south Broad street.

artist Mat Tomezsko

Northern portion of 14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words by Mat Tomeszko. Photo by Steve Weinik.

It’s important that the Convention has a positive impact on the Philadelphia community, and the Broad Street beautification project is one of the ways the Host Committee will achieve that goal.

- former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee Chair Ed Rendell

About the Project 

Running down the center of South Broad Street, along its median, Mat Tomezsko’s 14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words is a brightly colored, mile-long temporary mural that serves as a vibrant gateway between City Hall and South Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention. Presented by Mural Arts and the DNC Host Committee, the mural is painted on a temporary vinyl ground covering and stretches 14 blocks from City Hall to Washington Avenue.

The visual movement of 14 Movements unfolds like a classical sonata: rippling colors and forms are introduced, developed, and then revisited as onlookers make their way up or down one of the city’s busiest corridors. The work will also feature words and imagery found in Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher’s celebrated book of poems, Monk Eats an Afro. Tomezsko’s painterly symphony represents the desire of all people to be seen, heard, and represented, and reflects the importance of placing open discussion and the exchange of ideas at the forefront of our democratic society.


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