This Deep Desire

A new mural by Danny Simmons and Gabe Tiberino.

This Deep Desire © 2021 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Danny Simmons, Gabe Tiberino, 5604 North Marvine Street. Photo by Steve Weinik.

About the Project 

The collage this mural is made from is titled This Deep Desire. Its core is about a longing for an attachment to a lost or hidden history that one can be rooted in. While this type of desire can be found in all peoples around the world in this moment the emphasis of African Americans connecting to Africa as a motherland particularly in this moment of Black Lives Matter in the here and now but that these lives mattered even when they were involuntarily separated from their people their histories and their countries all over the continent of Africa. I created this abstract artwork to represent the desire to recapture what was taken from those not only in America but those scattered and enslaved throughout the African diaspora.


City of Philadelphia
William Penn Foundation


Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation