Upcoming

5th Street Tunnels

Connecting Philadelphians with the Delaware River Port Authority

Design detail for the 5th Street vehicular tunnel by Mat Tomezsko.

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. Brad Carney, Melissa Mandel and Mat Tomeszko have been commissioned to create two murals for the Authority. Carney and Mandel will collaborate on a mural for the 5th Street Pedestrian Tunnel and Tomeszko will create a mural for the 5th Street Vehicular Tunnel.

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.

Pedestrian Tunnel  

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  

Mat Tomezsko 

  • Design by Mat Tomezsko.

  • Mat Tomezsko

  • Mat Tomezsko

  • Mat Tomezsko

  • Mat Tomezsko

  • Mat Tomezsko

  • Mat Tomezsko

Sponsor 

Delaware River Port Authority

Partners 

Delaware River Port Authority
Port Authority Transit Corporation