Upcoming

5th Street Tunnels

Connecting Philadelphians with the Delaware River Port Authority

Future site of the 5th street vehicular tunnel mural. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Future site of the 5th street pedestrian tunnel mural. Photo by Steve Weinik.

About the Project 

This new collaboration with the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) enlivens the pedestrian and vehicular tunnels on Philadelphia’s 5th Street, using art to craft a better transportation experience for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike. Wide swaths of color and pattern will evoke movement and continuity through the tunnels, brightening the spaces and affirming the DRPA’s missions of stewardship, service and community. The murals will also pay homage to the service of the behind-the-scenes bridge workers—those who built the historic Ben Franklin Bridge that rises above the tunnels, and those at work on the bridges that connect Pennsylvania and New Jersey today. This spring, we’ll be looking for your input on the artist finalists, so scroll down to comment today.

The DRPA is a regional transportation agency that serves as steward of four bridges that cross the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey: the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry, and Betsy Ross Bridges. Through the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO), the DRPA also operates a rapid transit line between Camden County, New Jersey, and Center City Philadelphia.

What do you think? 

In line with our foundational community process, Mural Arts and the DRPA are seeking your feedback on the final designs for this project. Take a look at the designs below, and fill out our virtual comment card.

Pedestrian Tunnel Finalists 

Jared Bader 

  • Jared Bader

  • Jared Bader

  • Jared Bader, East wall panel 1

  • Jared Bader, East wall panel 2

  • Jared Bader, East wall panel 3

  • Jared Bader, East wall panel 4

  • Jared Bader, East wall panel 5

  • Jared Bader, East wall panel 6

  • Jared Bader, East wall panel 7

  • Jared Bader, East wall panel 8

  • Jared Bader, East wall panel

  • Jared Bader, East wall panel

  • Jared Bader, West wall panel 1

  • Jared Bader, West wall panel 2

  • Jared Bader, West wall panel 3

  • Jared Bader, West wall panel 4

  • Jared Bader, West wall panel 5

  • Jared Bader, West wall panel 6

  • Jared Bader, West wall panel 7

  • Jared Bader, West wall panel 8

Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel 

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, East wall, panel 1

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, East wall, panel 2

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, East wall, panel 3

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, East wall, panel 4

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, East wall, panel 5

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, East wall, panel 6

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, East wall, panel 7

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, East wall, panel 8

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, East wall, panel 9

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, East wall, panel 10

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel 1

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel 2

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel 3

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel 4

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel 6

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel 7

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel 9

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel 10

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel 11

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel, west wall, panel 12

Vehicular Tunnel Finalists 

Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel 

  • Design by Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel.

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

  • Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel

Felix St. Fort 

  • Design by Felix St. Fort.

  • Felix St. Fort (section 1)

  • Felix St. Fort (section 2)

  • Felix St. Fort (section 3)

  • Felix St. Fort (section 4)

  • Felix St. Fort (section 5)

David Guinn 

  • Design by David Guinn.

  • David Guinn

  • David Guinn

Mat Tomezsko 

  • Design by Mat Tomezsko.

  • Mat Tomezsko

  • Mat Tomezsko

  • Mat Tomezsko

  • Mat Tomezsko

  • Mat Tomezsko

  • Mat Tomezsko

Virtual Comment Card 


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Thank you for sharing your insights!


Mural designs will be on display at the following locations:

The Shops at Liberty Place – Main Rotunda
1625 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, March 28th, Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

First Friday in Old City
Hamilton Family Art Center
62 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
Friday, April 6th, Time: 5–7 p.m.

Delaware River Port Authority Headquarters
One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
March 30th–April 27th, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily


The Artists 

Jared Bader
Jared Bader is a muralist with longstanding interest in representing historical and lesser-known aspects of the locations of his projects. His key concerns include the process of research and possibility of discovery of architectural features or factual events that have dissipated or disappeared over time, and sharing stories of those whose histories have been otherwise marginalized.

Brad Carney & Melissa Mandel
Brad Carney is a community artist who creates rhythm, motion, and playfulness through the use of line, color, and composition. His most recent murals have been inspired by abstract interpretations of the sounds and movement of an environment, neighborhood, architecture, and the cultural identity of communities.

Melissa Mandel is an oil painter and muralist who explores the extraordinary details hidden in the world around us. She uses complex compositions, vivid colors, and contrast to explore the blurred boundaries of realism and abstraction. Mandel’s goal is to draw the audience into the scene, inviting viewers to be participants rather than outside observers.

Felix St. Fort
Philadelphian Felix St. Fort is a teacher, illustrator, photographer, and muralist who has worked with Mural Arts Philadelphia for over 10 years. He has recently designed The Stage at The Drake Theatre, and was Lead Muralist for Philly Painting—a three-block long commercial corridor revitalization effort envisioned and designed by artists Haas & Hahn.

David Guinn
David Guinn is a prolific Philadelphia-based muralist whose work is rooted in bold and beautiful color. He draws inspiration from the architectural lines and features found at the site, and his compositions are often comprised of abstract designs with color gradients, geometric and organic shapes, creating an experience.

Mat Tomezsko
Mat Tomezsko’s artwork has been exhibited at art spaces regionally and nationally—he has created several public art projects, including 14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words, a mile-long temporary mural installed in downtown Philadelphia during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In 2017, the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review recognized Tomezsko for outstanding public art.

Sponsor 

Delaware River Port Authority

Partners 

Delaware River Port Authority
Port Authority Transit Corporation