Wexford Science + Technology, the University City Science Center, Ventas, People’s Emergency Center CDC, Venture Café, 3624 Condo Association and Mural Arts Philadelphia collaborated on the installation of two wall artworks in the vicinity of University City Square (uCity Square) in West Philadelphia.
The first piece is a printed mural by Melinda Beck and is at 3701 Market Street, on a wall that faces a new public street and plaza, Pivot Park. The other is a painted mural, designed by local artist Femi Olantunji and painted by Kien Ngyuen is located at 3624 Market Street, on a wall that faces a pedestrian through-block passage and is a few steps away from a pocket park called Innovation Plaza.
The artworks are part of a broader placemaking initiative throughout the uCity Square area. The mural at 3624 Market Street would highlight a connection between the Science Center and the Penn campus and build on the themes of Innovation Plaza.
Art has been and continues to be a foundation of the uCity Square neighborhood through collaboration with the Redevelopment Authority’s Percent for Art Program, the Esther Klein Gallery and the Science Center’s BioArt Residency program in 2017.