Our Flag Unfurled (Mural Restoration)

Meg Saligman's iconic mural is getting a full refresh in time for summer.

artist Meg Saligman

Our Flag Unfurled (mid-restoration) by Meg Saligman. Photo by Steve Weinik.

About the Project 

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, artist Meg Saligman volunteered to paint this now iconic mural on the massive south facing wall of Philadelphia Warehousing and Cold Storage building. The design was intended to appear slightly sad, as if unfurling down the side of the building.

My favorite response is from a woman who lost her brother in the World Trade Center that day. She reached out to me and said that as she was returning from New York to Philadelphia after the attack, she saw the flag being painted and it gave her comfort... Public art is unique in that you never know how, or if something you paint, will resonate. I am deeply touched that this mural endures and has become a symbol of remembrance of the events of September 11th, 2001.

- Meg Saligman

Painted just north of center city, between I-95 and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the size and location of the mural make it a gateway to the city for thousands of daily commuters.

Originally intended as a temporary display of resilience, the 6,000 square foot image of the flag has remained one of Mural Arts’ most visible and iconic works since the fall of 2001. Although Sherwin Williams donated their highest quality paint for the original project, 15 years is a long time for any work of public art. In 2016, the mural received a refresh in time for the Wawa Welcome America July 4th ceremonies, and the Democratic National Convention later that month.

Original Mural Sponsors 

City of Philadelphia
Sherwin Williams

Mural Restoration Sponsors 

City of Philadelphia
Hummingbird Foundation