About the Project
South Philadelphia’s Snyder Plaza is undergoing a metamorphosis into Swanson Walk: new buildings, new stores, and, in an exciting twist, a brand new art zone, thanks to a new partnership between Mural Arts and The Goldenberg Group. Steve Powers, Joe Boruchow, Peter Ferrari, and Isaac Lin comprise the first group of megawatt artists to bring bright colors and fascinating patterns to the walls of the plaza, energizing the space for neighbors and shoppers. Stay tuned for additional murals to be added to Swanson Walk over the next few years.
Steve Powers is a born-in Philadelphia, based-in New York artist whose work borrows the vernacular of signage and blurs the lines of legal and illegal. He is best known in Philadelphia for his Love Letter project, about the complexities and rewards of relationships, on 50 walls along the West Market Street El.
His numerous multi-wall projects, in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Syracuse and Baltimore, are all evocations of personal meanings and memories in public space.
Isaac Lin explores the realm where representation and buzzing abstraction meet. His surfaces are often densely covered in calligraphic, brushed and hand-drawn patterns that express both the logic and complexity of written language. Working across painting, screenprinting, collage, and installation, Lin also collaborates with other artists and photographers in creating hybrid works. He is an alumnus of Philadelphia’s artist collective Space 1026.
Joe Boruchow is a fine artist, street artist, and musician based in South Philadelphia. He works with silhouettes, scanning small hand-made cutouts, printing them out at different scales, and pasting or stapling them into architectural spaces around the city. He is interested in these spaces because they frame and add context to his work, “ultimately integrating it into the environment.” He particularly likes the contrast between the small-scale, delicate cutouts and the large-scale printed copies of them.
Peter Ferrari switched careers from being an elementary school teacher to a muralist five years ago. Most of his work is in and around Atlanta, where he was an early collaborator in the Living Walls project. It has been described in the press as “vibrant,” “edgy urban,” “slightly-psychedelic,” and “industrial.” He is also the curator and producer of “Forward Warrior,” a two-day event that invites local artists to paint over a wall that runs several blocks along a train yard in Atlanta’s Cabbagetown neighborhood.