Oct 14, 2014

A Makeover for Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center

by: Anonymous

Last spring, PhillyRising Collaborative and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in North Philadelphia approached Mural Arts Philadelphia about renovating the older murals at the Center. Following their meeting, Mural Arts gathered a team to create Staircases and Mountaintops: Ascending Beyond the Dream, a continuation and expansion of the work Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice Guild Program was already doing at the facility.

The facility is a cornerstone of this community, encompassing an entire city block, and boasting a full-size gym, classrooms for after-school and full-day programs, a large playground and sports fields. New murals and mosaics will help draw attention to the services this city resource provides.

Lead artists Willis Humphrey aka Nomo and Jonny Buss, along with Guild participants, met with the local community on several occasions to gauge the type of mural they wanted in their neighborhood. After numerous collaborative discussions, Humphrey created a design for both the front of the building and the side facing the playground, inspired by the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s pivotal role in the fight for equality. Abstract mountains and stairs symbolize activists’ arduous journey to attain their full rights. At the front of the facility, the team installed a brand new, intricate mosaic by Buss that enlivens the space and serves as a symbol of welcome.

Photos by Michael Reali

Last updated: Jun 28, 2016

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